Governor: Arkansas Has First COVID-19 Deaths

Mar 24, 2020

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and state Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith brief reporters Tuesday about the spread of coronavirus in the state.
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Arkansas has had its first deaths from the coronavirus outbreak.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday announced two people have died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

Faulkner County's deputy coroner said the deaths include a 91-year-old man who died at a Conway hospital.

The number of coronavirus cases in Arkansas rose from 201 Monday to 218.

Hutchinson said he planned to call a special session beginning Thursday to address a $353 million shortfall the state faces because of the outbreak's effects.