Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson was joined by members of his cabinet to update citizens on the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday.
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Arkansas passes 30K virus cases, 4 more die from COVID-19
The state Health Department said at least 30,297 people have tested positive for coronavirus, an increase of 564 confirmed cases since Tuesday. The Health Department said 6,439 of those cases are active, meaning they don’t include people who have died or recovered.
The number of people who have died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, rose to 335. Thirteen more people have been hospitalized, bringing the state’s total hospitalizations to 458.
The true number of cases in Arkansas is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
Arkansas’ cases have dramatically risen since May, when the state began allowing businesses that closed because of the pandemic to reopen.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.