by: Scott McCaulley

The Ozark Mountain Country Region has its first two reported cases of the COVID-19 Virus, both in Northern Arkansas.

Harrison Mayor Jerry Jackson and Boone County Judge Robert Hathaway said in a joint statement posted on the City of Harrison’s Facebook Page that they have been notified by the Arkansas Department of Health about the positive test and that the person is in Harrison. No other specifics were released to Jackson or Hathaway, but said they are maintaining communication with Health Officials and would release more information as they receive it.

Both encouraged area residents to continue to observe the guidelines for Social Distancing and other recommendations laid out by the Centers for Disease Control, Arkansas Department of Health and local healthcare experts.

Meanwhile, the Arkansas Department of Health also lists Searcy County as one of 20 in the state that has had a positive test for the COVID-19 Virus, though no specific information has been released on that case.