LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson updated the public Wednesday on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.
Hutchinson announced another “good testing day,” with a “low” positive rate, reporting 385 new coronavirus cases in Arkansas, hospitalizations are up 2 and there were 11 more deaths. A total of 928 people have died due to COVID-19 since March.
A total of 5,208 people have been tested over the last 24 hours, and Dr. Jose Romero reported that 59,920 Arkansans have recovered from COVID-19.
Hutchinson announced a partnership between Baptist Health and the Arkansas Department of Health to “increase our testing capacity by 20%.” Hutchinson said he wants to “control on own destiny” in terms of testing.
Chairman Steuart Walton, of the Arkansas Economic Recovery Task Force, reported that the task force heard from small business owners that leisure, hospitality, and indoor retail was taking the hardest hits from the pandemic.
Walton says, “When cases in our state go up, our economy suffers,” as restaurants reported to be about 35% below where they were last year in August.