Arkansas COVID-19

This map indicates that the coronavirus COVID-19 has now spread to Columbia and Union counties.

Columbia and Union counties both have their first confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus.

Public officials received confirmation late Sunday morning.

Dr. Fred Murphy, Columbia County Judge Denny Foster and Magnolia Mayor Parnell Vann have met to discuss the steps and precautions the public needs to take to slow the spread of the virus.

They are asking the public to follow the “15 Steps to Slow the Spread” that was released by the White House last week.

Social distancing as well as the personal hygiene care recommendations from the CDC are also encouraged by these local leaders.

“We will keep the community updated as we know more information,” the city said in a statement.

As of Sunday afternoon, the ADH said there are 165 COVID-19 cases in Arkansas, an increase from the 118 cases reported on Saturday. There have been no deaths related to the virus in Arkansas so far.

Single COVID-19 cases have also been reported in the two Louisiana parishes that border Columbia County – Webster and Claiborne.

The first U.S. death from COVID-19 was on February 29. News media reported on Sunday that day that there are now almost 37,000 U.S. cases – an increase of almost 10,000 from the previous day and a number that reflects a big increase in testing capacity. A total of 396 U.S. deaths were also reported Sunday, an increase of 56 from the previous day.

Arkansas health officials have reminded the public that if they suspect they or a family has the COVID-19 virus, they should NOT go directly to a health care provider or to a hospital emergency room. They should first call their physician, or us the free online or hotline resources that are available to be screened for symptoms.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment. But, older people and others with underlying medical conditions are at greater risk of becoming severely ill.

Union County has its first confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus.

County Judge Mike Loftin said he received confirmation of the case on Sunday morning from the Arkansas Department of Health.

“We do have our first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Union County. Please take all precautions to protect yourself and your love ones by distancing and staying home as much as possible. We are all in this together so we all need to do our part and support one another. I will keep you informed as I learn more. Thank you for your cooperation and support for one another,” Loftin wrote on his Facebook page.

As of Sunday afternoon, the ADH said there are 165 COVID-19 cases in Arkansas, an increase from the 118 cases reported on Saturday. There have been no deaths related to the virus in Arkansas so far.

Single COVID-19 cases have also been reported in the two Louisiana parishes that border Columbia County – Webster and Claiborne.

The first U.S. death from COVID-19 was on February 29. News media reported on Sunday that day that there are now almost 37,000 U.S. cases – an increase of almost 10,000 from the previous day and a number that reflects a big increase in testing capacity. A total of 396 U.S. deaths were also reported Sunday, an increase of 56 from the previous day.

Arkansas health officials have reminded the public that if they suspect they or a family has the COVID-19 virus, they should NOT go directly to a health care provider or to a hospital emergency room. They should first call their physician, or us the free online or hotline resources that are available to be screened for symptoms.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment. But, older people and others with underlying medical conditions are at greater risk of becoming severely ill.

There are two toll-free hotlines that Arkansas residents may call for information about the COVID-19 virus.

ADH Coronavirus Hotline:

1-800-803-7847

Concerns Regarding Children:

1-800-743-3616

CLICK HERE to see the UAMS website that will help people screen themselves for possible COVID-19 infection.

CLICK HERE for more information from the Arkansas Department of Health about the virus.

This is a developing story. See more details later at magnoliareporter.com

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