Agency: Arkansas Coronavirus Cases Increase To 30

Mar 18, 2020

Arkansas Department of Health Director Nathaniel Smith and Gov. Asa Hutchinson speak to reporters last week about the first presumptive case of the coronavirus reported in the state.
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The number of coronavirus cases in Arkansas has risen to 30 and includes the first person one in the northwest corner of the state. 

The Department of Health announced the eight new cases on its website Wednesday.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the state's health secretary planned a news conference Wednesday afternoon, which will be broadcast live on KUAR.

Fayetteville's mayor and the Washington County judge announced earlier a new case in Fayetteville.

Public schools in Arkansas have been closed until March 30 because of the outbreak.