As efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 continue across the state of Arkansas, Lawrence County reversed its upward trend this past week.

After seeing the active cases more than double from 16 to 36 in a week’s time, the new Arkansas Department of Health report on Tuesday showed Lawrence County’s active case count at 23.

Recoveries have increased from 97 to 126, and the county has no new deaths with the report still showing nine people having died due to the virus.

A statewide mask mandate remains in place as preparations are being made for the beginning of a new school year, slated for late August.

All Lawrence County School districts were able to hold their graduations ceremonies, with the final commencements held over the weekend in Hoxie and Walnut Ridge.

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