Arkansas COVID-19

Reports and programming on coronavirus disease 2019 and its impact on Arkansas.

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While Labor Day traditionally celebrates the legacy of trade unions and the larger labor movement in the United States, some union members in Arkansas say they’re not being afforded proper protections by the federal government during the coronavirus pandemic.

Members of the American Federation of Government Employees’ National VA Council held a socially-distanced protest in North Little Rock on Monday calling for a new contract between workers and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Arkansas has added more than 1,500 new coronavirus cases in the past three days as more than 900 Arkansans have died from COVID-19.

The Arkansas Department of Health said on Saturday it received an additional 515 positive coronavirus test results, and another 687 Sunday. An increase of 350 new cases Monday brought the state's total to 65,727. 

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Arkansas has recorded its highest number of daily COVID-19 cases to date, as the total number of coronavirus cases in the state surpasses 64,000.

According to numbers from the Arkansas Department of Health, the state added 1,094 new cases to its total. The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in the state is now 64,175. While Friday’s number of daily cases is a state record, Arkansas also added the 11,254 testing results in the past 24-hour period, which is the largest total number of test results reported.

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A disproportionate number of new coronavirus cases in Arkansas appear to be coming from universities, with the governor and health secretary imploring students to avoid socializing during the coming Labor Day weekend.

The Department of Health announced Thursday an additional 969 people had tested positive for the virus. Washington County – home to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville – had the highest number of new cases, with 211 reported. Of those, 81% were people between the ages of 18 and 24.

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The Arkansas death toll from the coronavirus is now over 800 as the state has recorded almost 61,500 cumulative COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

The Arkansas Department of Health added 273 new COVID-19 cases to the state’s total, which is now 61,497. Of those cases, 5,036 are considered active. The number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 increased by three for a total of 423.

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Arkansas. Data shows fewer men are getting regular prostate screenings, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s a concern for health officials because if detected early, prostate cancer is survivable.

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Nearly 60,000 Arkansans have tested positive for the coronavirus as the state saw another triple-digit spike in new cases on Friday.

In his daily briefing, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced 838 new cases, bringing the state total to 59,583. An additional 17 Arkansans died from COVID-19 for a death toll of 756. 

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With the coronavirus continuing to spread in Arkansas, the number of people wanting to vote by absentee ballot has risen sharply compared to the last presidential election year.

In Pulaski County, 10,039 registered voters had requested an absentee ballot as of Thursday, according to the office of Pulaski County Clerk Terri Hollingsworth. At this point in 2016, there were 1,545 requests, an increase of 550%.

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For the first time since the pandemic began, Arkansas is releasing the number of students, teachers and staff of the state’s schools and colleges who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced an increase of 722 new coronavirus cases, bringing the state’s total to 58,745, while an additional seven COVID-19 deaths brought the death toll to 739.

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Arkansas’s governor has declared a state of emergency concerning Hurricane Laura as the state announced its second highest number of new deaths from the coronavirus.

According to numbers from the Arkansas Department of Health, the state added 649 new cases, bringing the cumulative number to 58,023. The number of active cases is currently 5,390. Over the past 24 hours, the state recorded 4,378 tests.

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The number of Arkansans who have died from COVID-19 has surpassed 700, as the state records its lowest day of test results in months. 

The state added at total of 480 new COVID-19 cases, according to numbers from the Arkansas Department of Health. The total number of cases is now 57,374. Of those cases, 5,312 are considered active. Pulaski County added the highest number of new cases with 80. Faulkner County recorded 41 new cases while Sebastian County added 38

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Nearly 700 Arkansans have died from COVID-19 as schools across the state reopen for in-class instruction.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced an increase of 320 new coronavirus cases , which brought the state’s total to 56,894, while an additional nine deaths from COVID-19 brought the death toll to 696.

Speaking in the governor’s daily briefing on the pandemic, Education Secretary Johnny Key said the state aims to keep schools open for in-class instruction even with high levels of virus activity in the general public.

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Arkansas has seen its largest single-day increase in deaths due to COVID-19 while nearly 900 more Arkansans have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the state saw 887 new cases Friday, the fourth-highest daily increase in new cases since the pandemic began. The state’s death toll increased by 22 for a total of 663.

Speaking in his daily briefing on the pandemic, Hutchinson said both sharp increases come after days of lower daily upticks in new cases and deaths.

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Arkansas added over 500 new coronavirus cases Thursday as the start date for schools is set for Monday, fewer than five days away.

The state saw 549 new cases, bringing the state’s total to 54,765. Of those total cases, 5,666 are considered active according to the state Department of Health.

The number of hospitalizations in the state neither increased nor decreased, staying the same at 499. 10 more Arkansans have died from the coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 641. 

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Arkansas is submitting its application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in order for qualified Arkansans to receive $300 a week in Enhanced Unemployment Compensation. This announcement comes as the state added over 700 new coronavirus cases to its total.

Speaking during his daily briefing on the pandemic, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said though the state legislature approved of the unemployment compensation Tuesday through a peer review and said funding still needs to go through the Legislative Council, it was important to apply early.

Lines of cars go through a triage center Monday at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock for people to be tested for the coronavirus. A spokeswoman says the average wait time has been three to four hours, with about 500 people tes
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New COVID-19 modeling from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences estimates daily infections will be “significantly lower” by Oct. 6 if public schools open with virtual learning only. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said schools will open Aug. 24 with in-class instruction.

The modeling update based on numbers as of Aug. 14, predicts 3,000 new daily infections by Oct. 6 with virtual learning only, 5,500 daily infections with a hybrid of virtual and in-class instruction, and 8,000 daily infections if all classes are in person.

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Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Arkansas are on the rise as 16 more Arkansans have died from the disease.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced an increase of 410 new cases brought the state’s total to 53,487, while the additional COVID-19 deaths brought the death toll to 619.

Speaking in his daily briefing on the campus of Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville Tuesday, Hutchinson said he’s confident the state is completing enough coronavirus tests despite delays due to a nationwide shortage of testing supplies.

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More than 600 Arkansans have died from COVID-19 as K-12 students prepare to go back to school in one week.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the state saw 412 new coronavirus cases Monday bringing the state’s total to 53,077. An additional four Arkansans died from COVID-19 for a death toll of 603.

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Hospitality, travel, and tourism have been the hardest hit industries during COVID-19. Think restaurants, hotels, caterers, meeting facilities, trade shows and the cottage industries that support those businesses ranging from florists to event planners to lighting and banquet logistics companies.

Gretchen Hall, CEO of the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, views it as the business challenge of a lifetime and the end is nowhere in sight.

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Nearly 600 Arkansans have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began as more than 52,000 residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. 

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the state saw 626 new coronavirus cases Friday, bringing the state’s total to 52,392. Five more Arkansans died from COVID-19 for a death toll of 587.

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to reopen schools for in-person instruction on August 24 continues to draw criticism from some parents and community members. Thursday, a group of close to 40 demonstrators drew 95 chalk outlines of bodies on the street outside the governor's mansion in Little Rock.

Veronica McClane, parent of a Little Rock School District 2nd grader, says the display was meant to show the potential consequences of reopening.

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The number of Arkansans hospitalized with COVID-19 continues to decline, though new cases and deaths due to the coronavirus are steadily rising.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced an increase of 652 new coronavirus cases Thursday. That brings the state’s total to 51,766, while an additional nine Arkansans died for a death toll of 582. The number of Arkansans hospitalized decreased by 13 to 473, with 112 patients on a ventilator.

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Walmart will continue having corporate office employees working remotely through at least Jan. 31, 2021. The retail giant just marked 20 weeks of remote working amid the COVID-19 pandemic and said it has accomplished much during the unprecedented time.

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After announcing its lowest number of new coronavirus cases in over a month on Tuesday, Arkansas saw nearly double the number of daily cases Wednesday, bringing the total to over 51,000.

The state added 703 new cases Wednesday. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Arkansas is now 51,114.  Of those cases 6,725 are considered active, with 741 of total active cases in correctional facilities and 69 of them in nursing homes.

Pulaski County had the highest number of new cases with 78. Logan County added 47 new cases, while Sebastian County had 43.

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With Gov. Asa Hutchinson mandating the reopening of brick and mortar public schools in Arkansas for in-person instruction during the week of August 24, some parents are looking at other options, like homeschooling, or one of the state's virtual charter schools.

Jennifer Chosich, who lives outside of Little Rock, has homeschooled her 8th grade daughter for her entire life. She believes interest in the homeschool network has increased over the summer.

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Arkansas has seen its lowest number of new COVID-19 cases in more than a month as the total number of cases surpasses 50,400. 

According to numbers from the Arkansas Department of Health, the state added 383 new cases. Hospitalizations and those on a ventilator both decreased by one for a total of 507 Arkansans hospitalized and 116 patients on a ventilator.

The number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the state increased by 11 for a total of 566.

A panel of those who spoke at a meeting of the state’s Education Caucus answered questions from lawmakers about the coronavirus and its impact on the upcoming school year, which is set to begin in less that two weeks.
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Objections to opening schools with in-class instruction from Arkansas teachers of the year and the Arkansas Education Association are not moving Gov. Asa Hutchinson from his stance on the Aug. 24 opening of all public schools.

Arkansas Education Association President Carol Fleming on Monday told state lawmakers she believes it is not safe for schools to open to in-class instruction. She said schools should open the 2020-2021 school year with virtual learning only.

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More than 50,000 Arkansans have tested positive for the coronavirus as the state records 34 new COVID-19 deaths over the past three days.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday an increase of 645 new coronavirus cases, which brought the state’s total to 50,028, while an additional 11 deaths brought the death toll to 555.

Speaking in his daily briefing on the pandemic, Hutchinson said the state is adding fewer new coronavirus cases each day despite a sharp increase of over 1,000 positive test results last Friday.

Arkansas health officials say the state has 572 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and nine additional deaths due the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The Arkansas Department of Health on Sunday said there are 49,383 confirmed cases in the state. The death toll stands at 544.

The department says 41,452 people have recovered from the virus and there were 7,387 active cases Sunday.

The true number of coronavirus cases in Arkansas is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

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Arkansas has added more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day as more than 48,000 people have tested positive since the pandemic began.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the state saw 1,011 new cases Friday, bringing the total to 48,039. An additional six Arkansans died from COVID-19 for a death toll of 521.

Speaking in his daily briefing, Hutchinson said he believes the spread of COVID-19 in Arkansas is under control despite the sharp uptick.

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