Governor: State joins consortium to improve testing in commercial labs

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 reports 703 new coronavirus cases, 7 more deaths

The Department of Health reported at least 51,114 people in the state have tested positive for the virus. The department said 6,725 of those cases are active, meaning they don’t include people who have recovered or died.

The number of people who have died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, increased to 573 Wednesday. The number of people hospitalized with the disease decreased by 21 to 486.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said that on Wednesday he’ll sign a letter of intent with the Rockefeller Foundation to form a consortium with other states that he said will strengthen their purchasing power for commercial COVID-19 tests. Hutchinson did not say which other states are joining the consortium.