ADH concerned with rise in COVID-19 cases in NEA, NWA

More than 2,800 cases reported in Arkansas - 964 recoveries also reported

ADH concerned with rise in COVID-19 cases in NEA, NWA
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - There are currently more than 2,800 reported cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas, as officials begin to monitor the rise in cases in Northeast Arkansas.

Overall, there was nearly a 375 case increase from Thursday. 198 of those cases were from the Cummins Unit.

There are now 47 deaths linked to COVID-19 in Arkansas, according to data on the Arkansas Department of Health’s website.

Dr. Nate Smith said at the press conference Friday that of the total number of cases, 1,763 are considered “active cases” and more than 930 people have recovered.

As of 10:10 a.m., Saturday, April 25, the website noted that 964 people have recovered from COVID-19.

Fulton County also reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19.

Dr. Smith did note that he was concerned about the 3-day increase in community COVID-19 cases. He said he would be reviewing the data, but noted that there was an increase in cases coming from Northeast Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas.

Hutchinson addressed the state's campaign to get more people tested.

He said over 2,800 tests were performed on Thursday, though he noted not all were likely linked to the state's Arkansas Surge Campaign.

The governor said dental procedures would be allowed to resume office dental procedures on May 18. Dental surgery is already included in the current “elective procedures” mandate from the Arkansas Department of Health.

Unemployment & Small Business Loans

Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston addressed unemployment in the state. He said over 170,000 unemployment claims were filed in Arkansas.

Meanwhile, Preston said the state is preparing to take claims for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, part of the CARES Act.

He said the state should be able to accept claims from gig-economy workers by the end of the month. State officials are preparing for a minimum of 125,000 claims.

Preston also said the unemployment call center was moving to a seven days a week schedule.

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