West Memphis handling COVID well while most of state battles high numbers

WATCH: Arkansas sees surge in COVID cases

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — Arkansas continues to see high levels of community spread of COVID-19.. Thursday, the Department of Health reported a single-day high of 1,260 cases.

While many parts of Arkansas are struggling with rising effects of COVID, West Memphis is feeling accomplished.

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“It’s alarming to hear Arkansas has large numbers of cases, but one thing about Crittenden County, we’re seeing the numbers decrease,” said West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon.

Since the start of the pandemic, the county has seen more than 2000 COVID cases, 49 of those are currently active.

“I definitely listen to the scientists and doctors, and they say we aren’t out of this right now,” said McClendon

And McClendon is right. not only did the state see a surge in COVID cases but also reached a new high for hospitalizations.

“I ask everyone to follow the six feet social distancing rule and just make sure you use common sense,” said McClendon.

Washington, Pulaski, and Benton Counties lead the state in cases.

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