Arkansas Department of Health: Miller County COVID-19 positivity rate at 18%

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TEXARKANA — The positivity rate for COVID-19 in Miller County is at 18%, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

The rate reflects an increased trend among rural counties. The statewide average cumulative rate is around 7.6%.

According to the Miller County emergency office of emergency management, there have been 1,048 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 13 deaths. The Miller County office of emergency management did not provide the number of recoveries from COVID-19 in the same span. Comparatively, in Bowie County, Texas, there have been 1,067 recoveries out of 1,445 confirmed cases and 74 deaths as of Oct. 12.

“Although Miller County does not have access to the total number of COVID tests performed within the County, we do receive information from ADH of positive cases to update our system of notification to 1st Responders in order to keep them safe,” Miller County emergency management director Joe Bennett. “There is a noticeable difference of how some citizens in our area are not practicing the safe and prescribed fundamentals of social distancing and wearing of protective masks like we should and did last month.”

Miller County judge Cath Harrison says Miller County residents should still continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

“If you feel the need to be tested, and that test is positive, take the situation seriously and follow the instructions of quarantine,” Harrison said.

There are three different types of coronavirus tests available. The first is a PCR Molecular, which is 100% specific with results returned within 48-72 hours. The second is an antigen test, which is 80% sensitive and available within 15-20 minutes. The third is an antibody serology, which checks for antibodies in the blood but are not indicative for diagnosing and active infection.