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Active Cases Back to 67;Some 1B Shots Begin Mon.

According to the Cleveland County Herald, Cleveland County Health Officer Dr. Mark Attwood said there were 67 active cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the county as of Tuesday evening, matching a previous high as recorded by the Herald.

In addition, Dr. Attwood reported that there were sadly another three deaths in the county attributed to the virus bringing the cumulative total to 23 since the outbreak began last March.

Overall, Dr. Attwood said the total number of cases in the county increased from 610 last Tuesday, Jan. 5, to 653 as of Tuesday, Jan. 12, an increase of 43 cases.

The 67 active cases within the county matches the previous high reported by the Herald on Dec. 8, 2020. This reflects an additional 10 active cases from the 57 that were reported by Dr. Attwood the previous Tuesday, Jan. 5. There were 46 active cases in the county as of Dec. 29.

During his weekly press briefing Tuesday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that people age 70 and older as well as educational staff will be eligible to start receiving the COVID-19 vaccination beginning this Monday, Jan. 18.

Local Ambulance Response Questioned at QC Meeting

Management from Emergency Ambulance Service, Inc. (EASI), the county’s ambulance contractor, will meet with the Cleveland County Quorum Court in February to address concerns raised during last week’s quorum court meeting about lengthy response times to emergency calls in Rison.

Josh Bishop, the CEO of EASI, said Tuesday he spoke to County Judge  administrative assistant, Amber Spears, about attending the court’s February meeting to address the concerns. The quorum court voted during its regular monthly meeting last week to invite an EASI representative to a future meeting to discuss the issue.

Courtney McGhee of Rison told the quorum court last week about a recent experience he had dealing with a medical emergency on New Year’s Day.

McGhee said he was out of town on Jan. 1 when he received a phone call about a relative who was unresponsive at a residence in Rison. He said he called the dispatcher at Rison to check on the ambulance, and the dispatcher informed him that an ambulance was en route from Pine Bluff.

He said it took about 20 minutes before the ambulance arrived at the scene and the relative died.

In addition, he told the court about other emergency situations in or near Rison where it took 45 minutes to an hour for an ambulance to respond.

Also, Nadine Young of Rison said she had an issue with the ambulance responding to a wrong address. She said it took an ambulance about 45 minutes to respond to a call at her mother’s house on Hwy. 79 near Rison.

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