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Ouachita County schools and nursing homes are being affected by COVID-19 according to data from the Arkansas Department of Health.

In the weekly congregate living report produced by the ADH, Silver Oaks Health & Rehab shows three total positive residents with one positive result in the last 14 days. One resident is listed as having an active COVID case. Six total staff members have tested positive for COVID with none currently listed as active. September 5 is listed as the most recent positive staff test.

Somerset Senior Living at Pine Hills is listed as having 24 total positive residents, with three residents testing positive in the last 14 days. Three resident cases are listed as active. Fourteen staff workers have tested positive with four testing positive in the last 14 days. Four cases are active among staff. November 16 is listed as the most recent positive test.

Additional data from the ADH shows Camden Fairview Schools with six active cases and 35 cumulative cases with student cases accounting for 25 of those.

Harmony Grove is shown with six active cases and 28 total cases, including 17 student cases.

The Center for Disease Control recommends the following steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

• Wash your hands often:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Stay home as much as possible.

Put distance between yourself and other people.

Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.

Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others:

You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.

Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

Do not use a facemask meant for a health care worker.

Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

• Cover coughs and sneezes:

If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

Throw used tissues in the trash:

Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

• Clean and disinfect:

Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectant will work.

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