Three More Deaths in Clay County From Virus
Despite warnings by healthcare leaders about the dangers, the impact of Christmas gatherings is beginning to take its toll in Clay County, Arkansas and the nation. Yesterday, three more deaths were reported in the county, adding to the two who were reported last week. The numbers of positive cases also continue to climb, as facilities are being pushed to their limits with COVID-19 related cases.
Statewide in Arkansas on Monday, the total number of cases climbed to 234,781, up 1,306 from the previous day and an increase of over 18,000 in the past week. By Wednesday afternoon the number ballooned to 242,593, up 3,705 in just a day. Of those reported on Wednesday, 25,092 were still considered active, up 684 in the past 24 hours.. The death toll also continues to climb, as 65 additional deaths were reported on Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 3,901.
Clay County's numbers are also continuing to rise as the latest report indicated a total of 1,383 positive cases, up from 1,276 in just over a week. It also indicated there were 111 cases still considered active, up from an even 100 on Monday.
And as mentioned, the death toll continues to climb as three additional deaths were reported on Wednesday, as the total number climbed to 35 lives lost to the virus among Clay County residents.
Despite the distribution of the new vaccines, officials note it will still be weeks, if not months, until they are made available widespread. They strongly recommend continued caution, and encourage masks, social distancing and other precautions. The CDC and ADH also continue to urge all those who have come in contact with a person who has tested positive, or later tested positive, to be tested. Those individuals are 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 state and county figures are updated daily, and may be found on the ADH website at www.healthy.arkansas.gov