Arkansas sets new record 1-day increase in COVID-19 cases


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Officials say that for a second consecutive day Arkansas has set a record for the number of new coronavirus cases in a day.

The state Department of Health announced Friday that Arkansas’ confirmed and probable virus cases increased by 2,827 to 167,137.

Friday’s one-day increase was the biggest the state has seen since it reported 2,789 new cases just a day earlier.

The state’s COVID-19 deaths rose by 31 to 2,586. The record increase in new cases came as a North Little Rock police sergeant who was infected with the coronavirus while on duty has died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday he was looking at changing the rules for indoor events, which currently require state approval if more than 100 people are expected.

For county data from the Arkansas Department of Health, click here.

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