Governor: State tops 16,500 mark in COVID-19 cases

Arkansas Department of Heath Director Dr. Nate Smith addresses the public during the governor’s daily update on COVID-19 Tuesday at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson was joined by members of his cabinet to update citizens on the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday. Click below to listen to the entire address:

Arkansas reports 595 new coronavirus cases, 10 more deaths

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Ten more people in Arkansas have died from the illness caused by the coronavirus, the state health department said Tuesday as 595 more people tested positive for the virus.

The department reported at least 16,678 people have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 since the coronavirus outbreak began in March. That is an increase over the 16,083 reported Monday. The department said 5,221 of those cases are active, meaning they don’t include those who have died or recovered.

The true number of cases is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

Tuesday marks the second time in less than a week Arkansas has reached its high in deaths over a one-day period. The department said 237 people have died from COVID-19 since the outbreak began in March.

The number of people hospitalized from the virus rose by 11 to 248 people.

Arkansas’ virus cases have been on a dramatic upswing since last month, when the state began allowing businesses that closed because of the pandemic to reopen. The number of active cases has more than triple since Memorial Day, while hospitalizations have increased 150%.