Small increase in active COVID-19 cases reported in Randolph County

POCAHONTAS — After a few weeks of the number of active cases of COVID-19 in Randolph County steadily decreasing down to only two as reported last week, this past week saw a spike back up to five as of Wednesday morning.

Randolph County OEM Coordinator Bo Graham said Wednesday morning that the main cause for the rise in positive cases is due to more testing now being performed in the county. He said while there has been a small spike, there are many more negative tests coming back in. Graham noted that several restrictions that were in place beforehand have been lifted and basically anyone who would like to be tested for COVID-19 should be able to do so by talking with their primary care physician. The public may be tested at any one of the following facilities in Randolph County: 1st Choice Healthcare, Pocahontas Medical Clinic, St. Bernards Five Rivers, or the Randolph County Health Department.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, the county has seen a cumulative total of 26 cases with five confirmed as being active, 21 recovered, 0 deaths, and 942 tests reported as negative. Compared to the statewide numbers, Arkansas had 1,729 active cases out of a cumulative 6,180 with 4,332 recoveries and 119 deaths. Of these numbers, ADH reports that 107 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and 18 are on ventilators while 361 cases are nursing home residents.






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