Positive cases hit record high in state as CDC relaxes some quarantine guidelines

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Arkansas hit a record one-day high with positive COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, according to Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Hutchinson made the remarks in another COVID-19 statewide briefing Thursday afternoon. This comes as the Centers for Disease Control revised quarantine guidelines on Wednesday.

Instead of the two-week period for those who may have been exposed to the coronavirus, the CDC now recommends a period of 10 to seven days, depending on the case (scroll down for more details or click on the above link). State Education Secretary Johnny Key told those at the briefing that the shorter quarantine would be beneficial for state schools.

Despite the relaxation, Arkansas reported the number of confirmed cases jumped 2,789 since Wednesday, a new one-day record, for a total number of cases of 164,310.

Total active cases rose 731 for a total of 17,109, and deaths were up 33 from Wednesday for a total statewide number of 2,555. Hospitalizations declined 16 from yesterday, but four more were put on ventilators.

To watch the governor’s full briefing, scroll below.

Above: Stats released at Thursday afternoon’s statewide COVID-19 briefing.
Above: CDC guidelines discussed at Thursday afternoon’s briefing.


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