White House panel says COVID-19 situation worsening in Arkansas


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP/KARK) — A White House panel says the coronavirus situation is worsening in Arkansas.

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According to the State Report, “81% of all counties in Arkansas have moderate or high levels of community transmission”.

In the report, the panel said, “We share the strong concern of Arkansas leaders that the current situation is worsening and that there is a limited time window to limit further cases and avoid increases in hospitalizations and death.” The panel also said they commend Governor Asa Hutchinson’s active measures.

The panel is recommending restaurants in most of the state limit indoor capacity to less than 25%.

The White House Coronavirus Task Force recommended the limit on capacity in the 52 counties classified as “red” or “orange”.

The panel’s report was released by the state Tuesday. It also recommends limiting bar hours in those counties until the rate of new cases and test positivity decreases.

Arkansas currently limits bars, restaurants and other businesses to two-thirds capacity.

As of Monday, Arkansas had seen 134,348 total coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic and 2,225 deaths from the disease. There are currently more than 16,000 active cases in the state.


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