Through a Facebook post on Wednesday, November 11, Dardanelle Mayor Jimmy Witt addressed the community concerning the growing number of positive Covid cases in Dardanelle as well as in Yell County.

Mayor Witt stated, “I am sorry, but I don’t have good news tonight on our Covid-19 report. Yesterday, (Tuesday, November 10) we had 62 positive cases and today, we started the morning with 72 but as of Wednesday night, the number has climbed to 90 positive cases in Yell County and Dardanelle.”

The mayor continued, “Emergency Management Director Jeff Gilkey and I have looked at everything that we can to try and figure out where these numbers are coming from and we are not having any success. These cases are truly scattered all over Yell County.”

Mayor Witt stated, “I’m not telling you this to cause panic, I’m telling you all of this to heighten your awareness to the situation that we are currently in. I’m asking you again tonight to please help stop the spread of this virus. We can stop this virus right here right now if all do it together. I can’t stop it, you can’t stop it, but we can, together, doing the right things everyday.”

In closing, Mayor Witt advised, “I want to encourage you tonight, to please wear a mask, wash your hands, social distance and don’t touch your face. I love each of you and want you healthy, I pray that you have a blessed night tonight.”  ~ Mayor Jimmy L. Witt

The increased number of positive Covid cases are not only in Yell County. On Wednesday, the state of Arkansas saw a new record number of COVID-19 cases as nearly 2,000 cases were reported by state health officials.

According to a report from state health officials, Arkansas has 126,197 total cases, up 1,962 from Tuesday. The number of total deaths was also up 14 Wednesday, to 2,126.

State health officials also advise that number of total active cases was up 817 Wednesday, to 13,691.

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The rate of infections per 100,000 exceeds that of the United States, the report stated. (Source: White House Coronavirus Task Force)

While delivering his daily Covid-19 update on Wednesday, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson released the following statement concerning the current Covid-19 numbers. “Today we saw another record number of reported new cases. There was a small decline in hospitalizations but the high number of cases is a profoundly serious reminder of the emergency that continues. Susan and I just spoke about our holiday plans and we are taking extra precautions and limiting the number. Plan safely."

On Wednesday, the Arkansas Department of Health reported 1,962 new cases; 13,691 active cases; 801 hospitalized, which is down 9 from Tuesday; 116 on ventilators, which is down 11 from Tuesday; 14 additional deaths, for a total of 2,126; a total of 126,197 cases; 101,583 recoveries; PCR tests, 9,390; antigen tests, 2,247.

The Health Department reported that the top counties for new cases are Pulaski County with 172 new cases, Benton County with 144 new cases, Garland County had 136 new cases, new cases in Washington County totaled 121 and on Wednesday, Sebastian County reported 116 new Covid-19 cases. 

ADH reminds the public, if you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath OR if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 call ahead to your health care provider. Tests are available by appointment at Local Health Units, and can be scheduled by calling any location.

Capacity for COVID-19 testing at commercial labs has increased significantly, resulting in shortened turnaround times.

The Arkansas Department of Health reminds Arkansans to protect yourself and others.

In order to protect yourself and others, the Arkansas Department of Health recommends:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Practice physical distancing. Avoid close contact with others, especially those who are sick, by keeping at least 6 feet between you and others.
  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, seek testing. Testing is available in many locations, including ADH Local Health Units.
  • Wear a face covering when you are exposed to non-household members and physical distancing cannot be assured. Click here to read the requirements.

If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, you can contact the Arkansas Department of Health at 1-800-803-7847 or visit ar.gov/covid