First two COVID-19 deaths reported in state; special session called for Thursday in Little Rock to address budget shortfall

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Arkansas has had its first two deaths from the coronavirus outbreak. Faulkner County’s deputy coroner says a 91-year-old man died Tuesday morning at a Conway hospital from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

The other death was a 50-year-old individual. Both were not in a nursing home, but one did have an underlying condition, state health officials said today at Gov. Hutchinson’s statewide briefing.

The number of coronavirus cases in the state increased from 201 on Monday to 218 as of mid-afternoon Tuesday, according to officials. Gov. Hutchinson said Arkansas was still on the “lower end of the slope” as cases continue to rise. His health team stressed again, that despite talk of relaxing some restrictions in the near future, residents still need to stay clear of gatherings of 10 or more and practice social distancing along with the other recommendations for the Centers for Disease Control.

The governor said he was pleased with the testing being administered in the state, and he praised commercial labs for stepping up their efforts in processing the number of tests.

Hutchinson also said that in order to confront the estimated $350 million shortfall for Arkansas in the next three months, the special session of the legislature will be called into session Thursday to address the state government needs as “quickly” as possible.

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