Wednesday’s state briefing: 385 new coronavirus cases, 11 more deaths

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Featured image: Steuart Walton, the head of the Arkansas Economic Recovery Task Force, at today’s statewide COVID-19 briefing.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is reporting 385 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 11 more deaths from the illness caused by the virus. 

The latest numbers on Wednesday came as a White House task force said the state has one of the highest rates for new cases in the country. 

The Health Department said the state’s cases since the pandemic began in March now total 66,406. The department also reported an additional 114 positive antigen tests. 

The state’s fatalities from COVID-19 now total 928 and the number of people hospitalized rose by two to 411.

Other bullet points from Wednesday’s briefing:

  • 5,208 tests were performed over the past 24 hours.
  • Hospitalizations stand at 411 with 92 on ventilators.
  • There are currently 5,657 active cases.
  • There have been 59,920 recoveries.

Steuart Walton, chairman of the Arkansas Economic Recovery Task Force, also spoke at the briefing, noting:

  • The tourism industry in the state has been hit hard by the pandemic and has a long road to recovery. Walton said industry experts predict it will take two years to recover.
  • Arkansas is making progress in its economic recovery, but also has a long road ahead.
  • The task force will release its progress report to the governor later this week. The report will highlight the status of the state’s economic recovery efforts. When released, the report will be posted to: ArkansasReady.com.
  • And Walton said the task force has great confidence in the Arkansas Department of Health and its response to the pandemic.

To watch Hutchinson’s Thursday briefing, click below (briefing begins around the 07:50 mark):

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