Clay County Shows Sharp Spike in Virus Cases

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Recently, the Arkansas Department of Health added another probable death due to COVID-19 in Clay County, bringing the total to eight. The number of positive cases has also shown a drastic spike in the past week, climbing from 277 on Thursday, Sept. 24, to 314 as of Wednesday, Sept. 30, with 47 of those considered active—up five in just two days. Statewide on Wednesday, the total number of cases stood at 83,697 with 7,009 considered active and a total number of virus-related deaths at 1,369.

The ADH, working with the Arkansas Center of Health Improvement, are also providing additional figures for the state's residents. New maps on the ACHI website break-down the number of positive cases by county, community, zip code and school district. It gives an overview of positive cases per 10,000 residents, allowing citizens the chance to see how they are being impacted at the local level.

According to the information, the Piggott School District has dropped off the list as of last report they have fewer than five active cases among staff and students.

As the nationwide death toll continues to climb as well, Arkansas officials are still urging all those who have come in contact with a person who has tested positive, or later tested positive, to be tested. They're also instructed to quarantine for 14 days, whether they get a negative test result or not, to help stem the spread of the virus. The ADH is also reminding residents that they will provide tests free of charge, but will bill insurance if that is applicable. They also warned about some private labs charging higher-than-usual amounts under certain conditions, and encouraged residents to contact their local health unit if they have questions or concerns.

Testing is being conducted at the Clay County Health Units, and at the Piggott Community Hospital COVID-19 testing clinic, located at the clinic in Rector. The Clay County Health Unit in Piggott may be reached by calling 870 598-3390 and the Rector Clinic may be reached by calling 870 595-3596.

The state and county figures are updated daily, and may be found on the ADH website at

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