Coronavirus in Arkansas: Gov. Hutchinson eases restrictions on long-term care directives, releases Halloween guidance

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Governor Asa Hutchinson and other state officials gave an update Tuesday on Arkansas’s COVID-19 response.

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 662 new cases making the total 84,203 cases. 532 are confirmed COVID-19 cases. 133 of the cases were probable cases.

They also reported 22 news deaths making the total 1,321.

Gov. Hutchinson announced an update to long term care guidelines for nursing homes.

According to the Governor, it will make it easier for families to visit loved ones in these nursing homes.

The governor also issued guidance for Halloween.

Dr. Jose Romero, from the Arkansas Department of Health, gave an update on the top counties in the state with new cases.

The counties are as followed:

  • Washington
  • Pulaski
  • Benton
  • Faulkner
  • Sebastian
  • Craighead

The governor also took time to speak on recent COVID-19 deaths in the education field.

“These deaths are tragic. We are losing their dedication and their passion for teaching,” Hutchinson said.

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Arkansas reached a new all-time high on Tuesday, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced during his weekly virus press conference.

There are currently 529 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide, Hutchinson said. The previous high was 526 in early August.

An additional 22 individuals have died due to coronavirus in Arkansas, the governor said, raising the state’s death toll to 1321.

Hutchinson announced 532 new cases on Tuesday, raising the total to 84,203 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas since the onset of the pandemic.

The state performed 6157 PCR tests and 1059 antigen tests over the last 24 hours, he said.

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