Arkansas reports second-highest spike in new cases; recoveries stand at over 18,000

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Featured image: Soon-to-be-departing Arkansas Health Secretary Dr. Nate Smith (left) and Gov. Asa Hutchinson at Wednesday afternoon’s briefing.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has reported its second-highest increase in new coronavirus cases and four more deaths from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

The Department of Health on Wednesday said at least 25,246 people have tested positive for the virus, an increase of 734 new cases since Tuesday. The department said 5,545 of those cases are active, meaning they don’t include people who have died or recovered. The department also says that there have been over 18,000 recoveries as of Wednesday. Hospitalizations also dropped by 11 to 358 within the past 24 hours.

The one-day spike was the state’s highest since Thursday when it reported 878 new confirmed cases.

The state’s cases have risen dramatically since it began allowing businesses to reopen in May.

Watch the Wednesday COVID-19 briefing with Gov. Asa Hutchinson below.

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