Drew County shows rise in COVID cases

Along with most of the state of Arkansas, Drew County saw a sharp increase in cases in the past week with an increase of 58.5% in cases. From Thursday, June 25 through Monday, June 30, the county added 23 cases, 10 of those on Sunday. This brought the cumulative number of cases up to 65, with 32 still active. There have been no additional deaths caused by the virus since the one death earlier in the pandemic.
According to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Health Secretary Dr. Nate Smith, it is important and recommended for all Arkansans to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible.
The Arkansas Department of Health makes the following recommendations to stop the spread of the virus.
• The general public should wear face coverings in all indoor environments where they are exposed to non-household members and distancing of 6 feet or more cannot be assured. This includes, but is not limited to, workplaces (with few exceptions), retail stores, businesses, places of worship, courtrooms, jails and prisons, schools, healthcare facilities, other people’s homes and all the scenarios addressed by the Governor’s Directives.
• The general public should also wear face coverings at all outdoor settings where they are exposed to non-household members, unless there is ample space (6 feet or more) to practice physical distancing.
• Regarding the type of face covering, medical masks may be somewhat more protective than cloth masks (if they are clean and dry), but more and more evidence supports cloth masks as being sufficient for the general public and effective in preventing transmission. Cloth masks should consist of at least two layers of fabric. N95 respirators should be reserved for front-line health care workers.
• All face coverings should cover both the mouth and nose at all times in order to be effective.

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