Miller County reports 2nd COVID-19 death


TEXARKANA — Miller County, Arkansas, is reporting its second death from a confirmed case of COVID-19.

The death was confirmed by Judge Cathy Hardin Harrison in a press release sent Wednesday.

The decedent was not identified. The death comes after Miller County sustained 15 days without an increase in positive cases. As of Wednesday, there were 16 active cases reported in the county, including a county employee.

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“Miller County continues to do everything possible to minimize the risk to our employees as well as the public that we serve,” Judge Harrison wrote. “Today I was  notified that a Miller County employee has tested positive for the virus.”

According to the judge, the employee is “doing well” and is in isolation until notification of their results. Judge Harrison says that no other employees have shown symptoms and that all precautions are being taken.

As a result, after conferring with Texarkana Emergency Center’s Dr. Matt Young, office of emergency management director Joe Bennett, and the circuit judges, temperature screenings for anyone entering county facilities will be reinstated.

Judge Harrison also mandated that anyone entering the courthouse will have to do so through the south side on Fourth Street where the handicap entrance is. The employee parking lot will be available for public parking for visitor convenience.