County Shows Drastic Spike in Virus Cases

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Last week the Arkansas Department of Health reported another death due to COVID-19 in Clay County, bringing the total to 11. The number of positive cases has also shown a drastic spike in the past week, climbing from 352 on Thursday, Oct. 8, to 396 in just six days, with 45 of those considered active. Statewide as of Wednesday afternoon, the total number of cases stood at 95,246 with 8,007 considered active and a total number of virus-related deaths at 1,634. Of the deaths, they report 589 were in nursing homes while another 47 were in correctional facilities.

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.

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 two county health units are also staying open extended hours on Tuesdays to provide testing and flu shots.

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

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