With only eight new cases of COVID-19 reported among Lawrence County residents during the past week, the number of active cases continued to decline almost making it to single digits, as well.

As of Tuesday, the Arkansas Department of Health reported only 11 active cases for Lawrence County, down from 22 the previous week.

The total cumulative case count is now at 2,055, up from the 2,047 reported the previous Tuesday.

Recoveries increased by 17 over the seven-day period, increasing from 1,986 a week ago to 2,003 on Tuesday.

According to the ADH website, the number of COVID-related deaths reported among Lawrence County residents remains unchanged at 41.

Vaccination efforts continue

On Monday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson gave an update on progress with vaccine distribution and expanded the criteria for those eligible to receive the vaccine (see related story).

At this time, a statewide mask mandate remains in place through March 31, at which time it could be changed to a guideline if the case numbers are suitable to make that change.

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