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Coronavirus in Arkansas: Governor Hutchinson, state officials give update on COVID-19 response


LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- Governor Asa Hutchinson and other state leaders gave an update on the COVID-19 response Thursday afternoon.

There are an additional 549 cases and 10 deaths as of Thursday afternoon, according to Governor Asa Hutchinson. This brings the state’s total to 54,765 cumulative COVID-19 cases and 641 deaths in the state.

Hospitalizations have not increased in the past 24 hours and remain at 499.

There are 108 people on a ventilator – a decrease of six from yesterday.

Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday based on the need, the state is submitting an application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order for the unemployed in Arkansas to receive $300 per week in enhanced unemployment compensation.

A total of 6,898 tests have been conducted in the last 24 hours. There has also been a total of 10,356 antigen tests done so far in August.

According to the Department of Health, top counties for new COVID-19 cases are:

  • Pulaski County with 51 cases
  • Sebastian County with 35 cases
  • Jefferson County with 29 cases
  • Garland County with 24 cases
  • Crawford County with 22 cases
  • Craighead County with 21 cases
  • Mississippi County with 20 cases
  • Pope County with 20 cases

Also in today’s press conference, the Department of Education says each school building will get at least one kit to screen people. This includes thermometers, masks, wipes, etc.

Officials also say there will be more detailed information to show COVID-19 cases in each school district area. You can see that information, here.


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