State sees largest single day increase in COVID-19 cases since reporting began

Community, school team sports can resume June 1, with restrictions

FULL BRIEFING 5/21 - Gov. Hutchinson and ADH COVID-19 update for Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson and state officials gave an update on COVID-19 in Arkansas Thursday afternoon.

Gov. Hutchinson noted the state has had the largest single-day increase since reporting.

As of Thursday, there are 5,458 cases in the state, while only 1,433 are active.

State officials are concerned with the increase in numbers.

Officials also said Thursday that community and school team sports can resume June 1 with restrictions.

Residential summer camps can open on May 31. The guidelines will be posted on the ADH COVID-19 website later Thursday.

The governor said the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance website “is secure and operation.”

Dr. Nate Smith says local health units will be providing targeted testing on May 30 in Crittenden County and June 6 in Craighead County.

Dr. Jose Romero, with UAMS, says a multi-inflammatory syndrome is affecting children in the U.S.

While there have been deaths, they have been rare, Dr. Romero said.

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