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COVID-19 on the rise in Columbia and surrounding counties

by Joshua Turner | July 12, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, Columbia County residents are currently at a medium risk level for contracting COVID-19.

Columbia County had an average of 10 new daily cases of COVID-19 for the week of July 1-7.

This is an increase from May when there was an average of zero to one new case a week.

Neighboring Lafayette County on Tuesday had one case that was detected between July 1-7.

Ouachita County and Union County on Tuesday nine new cases each day, on average.

Cases in Arkansas rose from 150 average cases in May to 1,176 new cases in the first week of July.

With the rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the state, the ADH recommends that Arkansans continue safe practices.

Anyone six months or older can currently get a COVID-19 vaccine and the ADH recommends booster shots for those who have already gotten the primary round of vaccine.

Social distancing helps to lower the chances of one catching the virus, according to the ADH, and masks can limit the spread of COVID-19 in the air.

Disinfecting surfaces helps to kill any viral particles that could infect others, and the ADH recommends quarantining anyone infected with the virus.

The ADH and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control currently recommend that anyone infected with COVID-19 be quarantined for at least five days and wear a mask for another five days.

Those who test positive for COVID-19 can speak to their doctor, an emergency room doctor, or urgent care staff about treatment options, including antiviral drugs and monoclonal antibody infusions.

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