After a couple of weeks in single digits, the case count for Lawrence County has seen an increase, along with many other counties in Northeast Arkansas.

As of Tuesday morning, the Arkansas Department of Health was reporting 16 active cases of COVID-19 for Lawrence County.

The number of active cases for surrounding counties include Craighead County, 83; Randolph County, 27; Greene County, 23; Independence County, 15; and Sharp and Jackson counties, 13 each.

County Judge John Thomison encourages residents to continue to follow ADH guidelines and practice social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.

School year delayed

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced on Thursday that the first day of the 2020-21 school year has been pushed back to allow school districts more time to make preparations.

Originally scheduled to start Aug. 13, school will now begin the week of Aug. 24 (no later than Aug. 26).

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