Coronavirus

  Hundreds of food boxes distributed at A-State

The Food Pantry at Arkansas State and the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas teamed up to host a food distribution Friday at A-State.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

  Pandemic SNAP benefits to provide relief to families

Prince William reveals he’s been a helpline volunteer

  School district pushes for expansion of broadband into rural areas

  Arkansas performed 3,846 tests for COVID-19 with a positivity rate of 3.1%.

  New federal COVID-19 nursing home data fraught with inaccuracies, overcounts and undercounts

Stoddard County Health Center releases COVID-19 community breakdown

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Group delivers donations to Butler Co. residents positive for COVID-19

Toby Keith concert July 17 in Jonesboro postponed

  BPL Plasma offers way to potentially help those fighting COVID-19

Ameren Mo. announces additional $3.5 million for COVID-19 energy assistance program

  US unemployment drops unexpectedly to 13.3% amid outbreak; Trump hails job report

Trump jabs Maine’s Democratic governor; she hits back

Cape Girardeau Co. Health Center reports confirmed COVID-19 cases that visited Lake of the Ozarks

According to the health center, the potential exposures are from a boat party.

  Calico Rock prison inmate tests positive for COVID-19

An inmate at a Northeast Arkansas state prison has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Multiple Alabama football players test positive for coronavirus

As many as 50 Crimson Tide players took part in workouts on campus this week.

  Livestreaming this weekend: Ben Folds, Bobby V and ‘Carousel’ top our virtual entertainment choices

There's plenty of virtual entertainment for your COVID-19 weekend.

  Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing available Saturday

Navy carrier sidelined by virus is back operating in Pacific

NBA owners approve 22-team season restart plan

  Study on safety of malaria drugs for coronavirus retracted

JC Penney closing 154 stores in first post-bankruptcy phase

Southland Casino Racing set to reopen types of table games June 8, officials say

  Mid-South COVID-19 patient fully recovered after being treated with new drug

Thanks to a new drug, a Mid-South COVID-19 patient who was once critically ill is now home.

  7 Arkansas State athletes test positive for COVID-19

Seven Arkansas State University student-athletes have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Chancellor Kelly Damphousse.

Disney World to open with no parades, fireworks

When Walt Disney World reopens next month for the first time since it closed due to the spread of the new coronavirus, there will be no parades, fireworks shows nor “meet-and-greet” sessions with performers dressed as Disney characters.

  Shelby County Health Department predicts peak of first COVID-19 wave later this fall

Thursday officials with the Shelby County Health Department said current modeling predicts a peak of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic later this fall.

  UK hosts vaccine summit amid calls for free virus vaccine

The United Nations and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have urged that "a people's vaccine" be developed for COVID-19 that would be freely available to everyone, calling it a "moral imperative."

  Autopsy report shows Floyd tested positive for coronavirus

The 20-page report released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office came with the family’s permission and after the coroner’s office released summary findings Monday that Floyd’s heart stopped while he was being restrained by officers, and classified his May 25 death as a homicide.

  Gov. Hutchinson noted the NEA 7-day rolling average is “going in the right direction”

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will update the public on the state of Arkansas's response to COVID-19, including the latest cases and deaths.

  How to travel safely during COVID-19

Social distancing is just a start when you’re traveling by air.

Mo. State Parks reopen some visitor centers, offices

The department said programming will be limited, and social distancing and additional cleaning measures will be in place.

6th death reported from Dexter, Mo. nursing home COVID-19 outbreak

A sixth death has been reported from a COVID-19 outbreak at a nursing home.

Social distancing not required at Trump Mount Rushmore event

Organizers have scrapped plans to mandate social distancing during President Donald Trump's appearance at a July 3 Mount Rushmore fireworks display and won't limit the crowd due to coronavirus concerns, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Thursday.

Health official: No new COVID-19 cases from Missouri parties

Missouri's top health official says no additional cases of the new coronavirus have been reported stemming from the crowded pool parties at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks over the Memorial Day weekend.

  1.9 million seek jobless aid even as reopenings slow layoffs

The diminishing pace suggests that the job market meltdown that was triggered by the coronavirus may have bottomed out as more companies call at least some of their former employees back to work.

  Protests eclipse pandemic, but White House fears resurgence

For weeks, President Donald Trump has been eager to publicly turn the page on the coronavirus pandemic. Now fears are growing within the White House that the very thing that finally shoved the virus from center stage — mass protests over the death of George Floyd — may bring about its resurgence.

  Push to make COVID-19 information more readily available to Hispanic community

The push continues in Arkansas to make sure the Hispanic community has access to COVID-19 testing and education on the disease.

Cinema chain AMC warns it may not survive the pandemic

Movie theater chain AMC warned Wednesday that it may not survive the coronavirus pandemic, which has shuttered its theaters and led film studios to explore releasing more movies directly to viewers over the internet.

Malaria drug fails to prevent COVID-19 in a rigorous study

Results published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine show that hydroxychloroquine was no better than placebo pills at preventing illness from the coronavirus.

Senate passes fix for small-business coronavirus relief

The Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to make it easier for businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic to take advantage of a payroll subsidy program that’s been a central part of Washington’s response to the corresponding economic crisis.

  Gov. Hutchinson’s focus on nursing home tests will help reopening plans

Gov. Asa Hutchinson updated the public on the state of Arkansas's response to COVID-19, including the latest cases and deaths.

US job losses in May could raise 3-month total to 30 million

The epic damage to America’s job market from the viral outbreak will come into sharper focus Friday when the government releases the May employment report. Eight million more jobs are estimated to have been lost.

More than 460 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Forrest City prison

More inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus at a prison in Forrest City, Arkansas.

  FDA approves new NASA, Fitbit ventilators

These ventilators are less expensive, short-term options for health care providers.

AP source: NBA presents players with plan for season restart

The NBA has suspended its season on March 11 “until further notice” after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz became the first player in the league to test positive for the coronavirus.

NerdWallet: Ask an expert: Is any travel safe?

Social distancing is still key for pandemic safety, especially while traveling.

Curfews, pandemic test voters in primaries held amid unrest

Polls have begun to close as voters navigated curfews and health concerns in a slate of primary contests that tested the nation’s ability to host elections amid dueling crises.

Trump says GOP is pulling convention from North Carolina

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is seeking a new state to host the Republican National Convention after host North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions because of ongoing concerns over the coronavirus.

  Gov. Hutchinson, Dr. Nate Smith address hazards of protesting during pandemic

Gov. Asa Hutchinson presented a photo of protestors in Benton County, noting they were wearing masks, but there was no social distancing.

  Phase 3 of reopening not likely next week for Shelby County following significant COVID-19 case increase

Shelby County added 190 new confirmed COVID-19 cases from Monday to Tuesday, the largest day-to-day increase since the pandemic started.

Gov. Parson calls on 1,000 National Guard troops to help officers keep the peace

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported a total of 13,575 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state.

  16 residents test positive at Craighead Nursing Center

People shared concerns with Region 8 News about the center, claiming they didn't have enough PPE or that they even had more positive cases than what's being reported.

  Teen depression on upswing during pandemic

Experts say parents of teens need to be looking for warning signs of depression.

Protests in top 25 virus hot spots ignite fears of contagion

Many of the protests broke out in places where the virus is still circulating widely in the population.

  State sees the highest number of community COVID-19 cases in one day

Hutchinson attributes the rise in cases to expanded testing, but said, “Man, that’s a big number.”

  Pucker up: Man drinks lemon juice through straw in record time

David Rush is a tech company senior product manager, who also holds 149 Guinness World Records.

  Parisians return to cafes; Latin America sees virus surge

But as Parisians reclaimed their rhythm of city life, health experts warned that virus cases are still rising in Latin America, the world's latest COVID-19 epicenter.

  COVID-19 could spell end of Mississippi County Fair

Many things are have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19, and with fair season around the corner, there is still some uncertainty about whether fairs will take place.

  GRAPHIC: Trump threatens military force against protesters nationwide

A military deployment by Trump to U.S. states would mark a stunning federal intervention not seen in modern American history.

  Ballgames to resume in Osceola June 15

Parks and Recreation Director Michael Ephlin said ballgames would continue despite some deciding not to participate this year.

  Congress confronts dual crises of protests, virus outbreak

The House’s staggering $3 trillion package is mothballed in the Senate, where Republicans are focused instead on trimming unemployment benefits and getting Americans back to work. Quick action by Congress is skidding to a halt.

  ASUN distributes over $200,000 in CARES Act funding to students

Students at Arkansas State University-Newport (ASUN) started receiving funding from the school, thanks to funding from the CARES Act.

  When there’s a pandemic, have a parade (but do it safely)

The parks and rec team took to the streets of the city dressed as a crazy cast of characters, including Scooby-Doo, Mr. Potato Head and a T-rex.

  Orpheum Theatre announces schedule changes to 2020-2021 season

The Orpheum has announced changes about what’s to come for the Broadway season.

  Nearly 26,000 nursing home deaths reported as lockdowns ease

The first day of June saw coronavirus restrictions ease from Asia to Europe to the United States on Monday, even as U.S. protests against police brutality sparked fears of new outbreaks.

  ADH: Goal to test 4% of Arkansas population for COVID-19

Gov. Hutchinson said they have met with poultry leaders about their many efforts to keep COVID-19 under control.

Gilead says drug helped moderately ill coronavirus patients

Remdesivir is the only treatment that’s been shown in a rigorous experiment to help fight the coronavirus.

  Italy loosens travel restrictions, reopens to tourism

Italians will be allowed to freely move about the country and European Union visitors will be welcomed without quarantine requirements.

Mid-America COVID-19 cases interactive map, per capita county-by-county

An interactive regional map showing states surrounding Arkansas, displaying COVID-19 case data by county

Hydro Adventures in Poplar Bluff to remain closed for now

The water park will remain closed in compliance with Governor Mike Parson and Butler County’s extension of the Phase 1 recovery plan to June 15.

Pier 1 closing all stores; bankruptcy approved

Pier 1 can now begin to shut down retail operations in about 500 stores across the country.

Century Casinos reopen in Cape Girardeau, Caruthersville

Casino patrons will notice a few changes as they enter each gambling location.

  Artist with autism thanks essential workers with balloon sculptures

During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the balloon artist has used his sculptures to express gratitude to grocery store workers, mail carriers and healthcare workers.

  Remains of Mont. veteran who died from coronavirus lost in mail for months

The Air Force veteran and his wife had been on a trip abroad for their 41st anniversary when he became ill, later dying in the intensive care unit at a Spanish hospital.

  Massive protests worldwide raise fears of new coronavirus outbreaks

Health experts fear that silent carriers of the virus who have no symptoms could unwittingly infect others at packed gatherings with people cheering and jeering, many without masks.

Unrest demonstrates Biden’s challenge in breaking through

Joe Biden will spend the next five months presenting himself as a calming, competent alternative to the tumultuous administration of President Donald Trump.

  Judge eases Arkansas petition signature rule due to pandemic

A federal judge has eased some petition rules for initiative campaigns, including a group trying to get a redistricting measure on the ballot.

  Painting chairs for fun with Pops

During the coronavirus pandemic, a 13-year-old girl took it upon herself to come up with a unique idea to bide her time involving chairs.

More than 13,100 cases reported in Mo.

On May 31 the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 13,147 COVID-19 cases in Missouri.

  Many states scrambling to update hurricane plans for coronavirus

Hurricane season officially starts Monday, though Tropical Storms Arthur and Bertha arrived early. Forecasters are expecting a busier-than-normal season.