Drew County COVID cases continue to climb

Cases continue to rise in the United States, as well as in Arkansas and in Drew County. 
As of Tuesday, July 14 Arkansas had a total cumulative case count of 29,733 with 6,558 active recoveries.
Drew County in the past week had a rise of 16 cases. Five new cases were reported on Thursday, July 9, the biggest increase of the week with the rest of the days ranging from no positive cases reported Friday, July 10, four reported Saturday, July 11, three cases reported for each day Sunday and Monday, July 12 and 13, and 1 reported Tuesday, July 14 bringing Drew County’s total cumulative cases to 96. 
Twenty-four of the cases in the county are still active with 70 recovered and two deaths. The positivity rate of tests given jumped above 10% on Thursday, July 9 but has stayed below the 10%, coming in at just above 5% Tuesday, July 14. 
How to protect yourself and others
Know how it spreads
•There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
•The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
• The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
• Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
• Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
• These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
• Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
Everyone Should
• Wash hands often
• Avoid close contact
• Wear a mask when physical distancing isn’t possible
• Cover coughs and sneezes
• Clean and disinfect daily
• Monitor your health
• be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath
• take temperature if symptoms develop

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