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Inside visits at Nursing Home suspended due to positive COVID-19 test

DEWAYNE HOLLOWAY/dewayne@mcnews.online

MOUNT IDA – Inside visits at Montgomery County Nursing Home and Rehab have been temporarily suspended according to Nursing Home Director Tommy Johnston.

Johnston reported Friday, November 13, that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, November 11. A full round of testing was carried out of residents and staff and there were no other positive tests reported.

He stated that due to government mandated guidelines the facility has to cease all inside visits until the facility is free of positive tests for 14 consecutive days.

The facility was closed to inside visits for the last several months, but had recently begin allowing restricted inside visits.

The positive test comes during a rise in positive tests in Montgomery County, the state of Arkansas and across the nation.

Less than two weeks ago Montgomery County was reporting four active cases. By Monday the number of active cases had doubled to eight. Today the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is reporting 19 active cases (17 confirmed, 2 probable).

The total number of positive cases has breached the 200 mark with 213 cases being reported today (207 confirmed, 6 probable). This is an increase of 15 cases since Monday.

Statewide there are 130,318 cumulative cases (116,787 confirmed, 13,531 probable) and 15,773 active cases (11,655 confirmed, 4,118 probable). The ADH website reported 15,773 active cases today (11,655 confirmed, 4,118 probable). This is an increase of 3,284 active cases since Monday.

Nationally the CDC is reporting 10,675,820 cumulative cases and 6,624,564 active cases. That accounts for 20 percent of worldwide cumulative cases. The U.S. is reporting 4,051,256 recoveries, just 11.8 percent of worldwide recoveries.

Montgomery County is not alone in their struggles with increases in positive case numbers.  Garland County has seen an increase of 314 cumulative cases since Monday. They currently are reporting 3,164 cumulative cases (2,968 confirmed, 196 probable) and 443 active cases (377 confirmed, 66 negative). They is an increase of 153 active cases since Monday. There have been no new deaths reported since Monday. They have reported COVID-19 related 82 deaths (77 confirmed, 5 probable).

Active cases in Hot Spring County have leapt from 201 Monday to 279 (251 confirmed, 28 probable) today, Friday, November 13. They are reporting 2,551 cumulative cases (2,490 confirmed, 61 probable), 120 more cases than was reported Monday.

Clark County’s number of active cases has jumped from 86 cases reported Monday to 117 today (90 confirmed, 27 probable). They have 667 cumulative cases (578 confirmed, 89 probable).

Active cases reported in Polk County have doubled since Monday, pushing them into triple figures. They are reporting 146 active cases today (125 confirmed and 21 probable). That is an increase of 72 since Monday. They are reporting 539 cumulative cases (500 confirmed, 39 probable) in the county.

Yell County is reporting 110 active  cases today (79 confirmed, 31 probable). An increase of 48 since Monday. They are reporting 1,479 cumulative cases (1,430 confirmed, 49 probable).

A glimmer of good news can be found in Howard County where active cases have dropped lightly from 76 Monday to 71 today (41 confirmed, 30 probable). They have 709 cumulative cases (604 confirmed, 105 probable).

Scott County has an increase of 16 active cases with a report of 55 Friday (30 confirmed, 25 probable). They reported 39 active cases Monday. They also reported 293 cumulative cases (245 confirmed, 48 probable).

Pike County is reporting 27 active cases (19 confirmed, 8 probable). An increase of eight since Monday. They have 312 cumulative cases reported (290 confirmed, 22 probable).

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