The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Lawrence County have more than doubled in the past week, according to information reported by the Arkansas Department of Health.

Last Tuesday, Lawrence County was reported to have 16 active cases, while reports this Tuesday show the county’s active case count at 36.

Lawrence County is also reported to have 97 recoveries and nine deaths.

A statewide mask mandate ordered by Gov. Asa Hutchinson went into effect on Monday. The mandate calls for individuals to wear a mask when they are with people from outside their household and unable to maintain a six-foot distance.

Counties can be exempted from the mandate if they have no active cases for 28 days. This policy is similar to the one in place for nursing homes, that allow visitation if a facility has no active cases among its staff or residents for 28 days.

Hoxie closes City Hall

The City of Hoxie issued a statement on Thursday that effective immediately the City Hall would be using drive-through service only for payments and other business.

The lobby is closed to the public, but the drive through will be staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is also a drop box available.

For individuals who need a permit, they can call and an employee will bring the paperwork out. Hoxie City Hall can be reached at 870-886-2742 and Hoxie Water Works can be reached at 870-886-2231.

The City of Walnut Ridge lobby remains open, but with shorter hours. The lobby is open form 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drive-through service is also available.

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