The number of new COVID-19 cases among Lawrence County residents increased by at least 50 for the fourth week in a row, but the increase was not as large as it was the previous week.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health website, 53 new cases were added from last Tuesday’s cumulative total of 442, bringing the new total to 495.

Of those, 410 have recovered, an increase of 54 from the previous week when 356 recoveries were reported.

The active case count has remained pretty steady with Tuesday’s information showing a total of 72 active cases among Lawrence County residents, while the previous Tuesday’s report showed 74 active cases.

One additional death was reported for Lawrence County, bringing the total for the county to 13.

County Coroner Chris Warden clarified that the ADH is tracking deaths by county of residence not place of death. He reported that eight individuals have died in the county with COVID listed as at least a contributing factor and none of those have been recent.

He said some of the discrepancy could be from if a patient dies in a hospital in another county or if they are a resident of a nursing home but have a Lawrence County address as their permanent address.

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