The number of COVID-19 cases in Ashley County appear to be holding near-steady over the past two weeks, but the county hospital is planning a community vaccination clinic in an effort to push the trend of the virus’s spread into negative territory.

Ashley County Medical Center will host a community vaccination clinic for individuals in vaccination eligibility categories 1A, 1B and 1C from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 9 at the hospital’s 1015 Unity Road location in Crossett. 

While the clinic is open to anyone in those categories, those who want a vaccination should call 870-632-7299 to secure an appointment. Vaccinations can also be scheduled online at bit.ly/3rwceB5.

As of Monday, Ashley County had 24 recorded active cases of COVID-19. The number of deaths associated with the virus since it first appeared in the area stood at 33 for the same time period.

The total number of active cases in Arkansas stood at 1,945, a stark contrast to the high numbers seen in mid-winter and barely a sliver of the 329,929 total cases ever recorded in the state. 

In the nine county Southeastern Arkansas Hospital Association Region, on Monday there were only five patients with COVID-19 admissions, two of whom were in the Intensive Care Unit and one of whom was on a ventilator.

“My optimism grows daily as the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continues to decline,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday. “We have administered more than a million doses of vaccine to more than 700,000 Arkansans. The goal line is in sight, but this is not the time to slack off. We need to increase the number of people who are getting the vaccine. I encourage you to receive a vaccination as soon as you are eligible. If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for your family and friends.”

Chicot County had six active cases on Monday, while Bradley County had 15, Deshea had four, Drew had seven, and Union County had nine.

In the southeastern region, approximately 12.4 percent of people have been at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19, and 13.8 percent have been fully vaccinated.

Those who are eligible for vaccinations include Arkansans aged 16 to 64 with health conditions that increase their risk for severe COVID-19.

Vaccine eligibility is also open to essential workers in:

• Energy

• Finance

• Foodservice

• Information technology and communications

• Legal

• Media

• Public health/human services

• Public safety

• Shelter and housing

• Transportation and logistics

• People residing in high-risk settings

• Those who are incarcerated or detained; those living in group homes, congregate settings, or crowded housing; and student housing such as dorms and Greek housing.

Arkansans in Phase 1-B also remain eligible, including those:

• 65 years and older

• Education

• Police, fire, other first responders

• Corrections

• Food and Agriculture

• People with intellectual or developmental disabilities

• Essential Government

• Grocery Store/Meal Delivery

• Postal/Package Delivery Service

• Public Transit

• Houses of Worship Clergy/Faith Leaders

• Manufacturing