Clay County a COVID-19 Hotspot

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Due to high positivity rates, Clay County is among those considered a hot spot for COVID-19 this week. According to numbers from the Arkansas Department of Health, the entire region saw a spike in cases the past few weeks as the statewide numbers continue climb. Here in Clay County the positivity rate is hovering just under 10 percent, nearly twice the acceptable level according to the CDC.

According to the ADH, from Monday until Wednesday statewide the number of cases climbed from 99,597, to 101,596. Active cases was reported at 8,520 and to date 1,751 people have died from the virus—up from 1,714 on Monday.

In Clay County the number of positive cases continues to climb, and an additional positive death was reported raising the total to 12. As of Wednesday afternoon's update, there were 445 cases in the county, up a staggering 49 in just one week, with 59 of those considered active.

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.

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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