Coronavirus Coverage from KARK

UPDATE: 10 Arkansas politicians test positive for COVID-19 in recent days


UPDATE (October 28):

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- A spokesperson with the Arkansas House confirmed Wednesday St. Rep. Marcus Richmond (R- District 21) has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the spokesperson, Richmond has mild symptoms.

Richmond is the 10th state legislator who has tested positive for the virus in about a week.

UPDATE: (October 27):

A House spokeswoman said Tuesday that Reps Jeff Wardlaw and Gayla McKenzie tested positive for COVID-19.

This brings the total positive cases to 9 in recent days.

UPDATE (October 26th):

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Another Arkansas state senator has tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the 7th case in recent days.

St Sen. Cecile Bledsoe of Rogers tested positive Sunday for the virus.

Bledsoe is the latest lawmaker to test positive in an outbreak that prompted a halt to budget hearings last week.

Another lawmaker, St. Rep. Charlene Fite, revealed she tested positive Saturday night in a Facebook post.

UPDATE (October 21st):

St. Sen. Missy Thomas Irvin and St. Rep. Joe Cloud become the latest Arkansas politicians to test positive for COVID-19 this week.

Irvin revealed the diagnosis on social media. She said that her antigen test came back negative on Sunday, but her PCR test came back positive.

According to the spokeswoman for the Arkansas House, St. Rep. Joe Cloud also tested positive for COVID-19.

St. Sen. Terry Rice, St. Rep. Michelle Gray, and St. Rep. Stu Smith also tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this week.

Original story (October 20th):

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – According to a spokesperson for the Arkansas State Senate, one state senator two house members have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a spokeswoman for the Arkansas House, St. Rep. Michelle Gray and St. Rep. Stu Smith have tested positive for the coronavirus.

also tested positive. All are said to be doing well.

At the beginning of the governor’s weekly COVID-19 update, the governor said last week he was in a meeting with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the governor, out of what he calls an “abundance of caution,” he will be limiting his meetings.

The governor did take an antigen and PCR test on Monday. Both of those tests have came back negative.

As of Tuesday , the Arkansas Department of Health reported 844 new cases making a total of 100,441 cases. There were 637 hospitalized, which is up 24 from Monday.

14 deaths added today for a total of 1,728.

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