Bars in restaurants can reopen Tues.; free-standing bars on May 26

Security breach for the Arkansas Pandemic Unemployment Assistance website is being investigated by the FBI.

FULL BRIEFING 5/18: Gov. Hutchinson and ADH COVID-19 update for Arkansas

FORREST CITY, Ark. (KAIT) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Nate Smith, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, update the public on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.

Monday’s briefing will be held at the Forrest City Civic Center. In recent days, St. Francis County has seen a dramatic uptick in COVID-19 cases both in the community and the federal correctional facility in Forrest City. Approximately 550 people were tested Saturday in the city.

Governor Hutchinson announced Monday that bars that are associated, and within, restaurants can open Tuesday. Free-standing or stand-alone bars can open May 26.

Governor Hutchinson will be traveling to Washington D.C. this week to meet with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

As for an update to Saturday’s announcement that the Arkansas Pandemic Unemployment Assistance website had a security breach on Friday, Governor Hutchinson said the FBI is now investigating the incident.

Security breach for the Arkansas PUA website is being investigated by the FBI

Hutchinson said it’s a case of, “Did you see a vulnerability, or did you find a vulnerability. I think we’ll let the investigation speak for itself.”

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