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Courthouse closes to public as COVID cases rise

A record number of active COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County has led to a rash of closings and cancellations, including the Montgomery County Courthouse.
The courthouse announced the decision to close its doors to the public last Wednesday while the active case count was just over 50 cases. In a statement emailed to the Montgomery County News courthouse officials stated.
“Starting Monday, November 30th the Courthouse will be closed to the public due to the significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County, as well as among Montgomery County employees.”
Cases continue to be confirmed with the cumulative total reaching 321 cases. This includes 283 confirmed cases and 27 probable cases. Active case totals have reached 73 with 54 confirmed cases and 19 probable. This is a significant increase in both confirmed and probable cases. Last Monday the county was reporting 37 confirmed cases and two probable cases.
There have been 227 recoveries in Montgomery County which includes 220 confirmed cases and seven probable. The death total remains at 10 as of Monday.
November opened with hopeful reports with active case counts in the single digits. However, active case totals have risen steadily each week as the month progressed.
A continued increase in active cases has forced the cancellation of several local holiday events. The Mount Ida Christmas Parade has been canceled. Glenwood took a different approach by changing their Christmas parade to a virtual parade. Churches in the Norman area have canceled the Nativity program scheduled for December 6 as well.
Schools have yet to cancel in person instruction, but all three county districts had scheduled a full week off during the week of Thanksgiving. Oden will not return to campus until the end of this week.
Statewide numbers have also continued to rise with 157,359 cumulative cases (138,056 confirmed, 19,303 probable) reported as of Monday. There were 16,140 active cases reported (12,816 confirmed, 3,324 probable), 138,696 recoveries and 2,502 deaths.
Surrounding counties continue to struggle with the virus, although some have shown a decrease in cases.
Garland County reported 435 active cases (369 confirmed, 66 probable) and 3,872 cumulative cases (3,571 confirmed, 301 probable) for a total of 365 new cases last week. They have reported 3,331 recoveries (3,102 confirmed, 229 probable) and 105 deaths (99 confirmed, 6 probable).
Hot Spring County has reported a drop in active cases with 228 cases reported (189 confirmed, 39 active). This is a decline of 48 cases from last week’s total of 276. Their cumulative total is 2,948 cases (2,831 confirmed, 117 probable). They are reporting 2,678 recoveries (2,602 confirmed, 76 probable) and 42 deaths (40 confirmed, 2 probable).
Polk County is reporting 147 active cases (136 confirmed, 11 probable) and 816 cumulative cases (755 confirmed, 61 probable). They are reporting 106 new cases in the past week. They have 658 recoveries (608 confirmed, 50 probable) and 10 deaths.
Yell County is reporting 108 active cases (90 confirmed, 18 probable) and 1,657 cumulative cases (1,580 confirmed, 77 probable). Hey have 1,515 recovered cases (1,459 confirmed, 56 probable) and 34 deaths (31 confirmed, 3 probable).
Clark County is reporting 101 active cases (92 confirmed, 9 probable) and 838 cumulative cases (726 confirmed, 112 probable). They have 726 recoveries (624 confirmed, 102 probable) and 11 deaths (10 confirmed, 1 probable).
Scott County has 53 active cases (37 confirmed, 16 probable) and 382 cumulative cases (304 confirmed, 78 probable). There have been 326 recoveries (264 confirmed, 62 probable) and three deaths.
Pike County is reporting 43 active cases (35 confirmed, 8 probable) and 387 cumulative cases (350 confirmed, 37 probable) with a total of 36 new cases in the past week. They have 341 recovered cases (313 confirmed, 28 probable) and three deaths.
Howard County reported the fewest number of active cases this week with 39 (25 confirmed, 14 probable). They have 814 cumulative cases (665 confirmed, 149 probable) and 15 deaths. They are reporting 760 recoveries (625 confirmed, 135 probable).
All totals used are from the Arkansas Department’s of Health’s’ website and are numbers reported as of Monday, November 30.

UPDATE:

As of Wednesday, December 2, the total number of cases in Montgomery county has increased to 321 (289 confirmed, 32 probable); active case total has dropped to 66 (44 confirmed, 22 probable) and 245 recovered cases (236 confirmed, 9 probable)

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