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Gov. Hutchinson provides COVID-19 update, reports positive cases remain at 22

This morning Gov. Asa Hutchinson gave the latest update from West Memphis on the current COVID-19 situation impacting the state.

As of the morning of March 17, statewide positive cases of COVID-19 remains at 22.

The Governor re-enforced the need to eliminate panic-buying ensuring grocery stores will remain open.

The decision remains that public schools across the state will reopen after spring break on March 30.

Gov. Hutchinson also called for all casinos in the state to cease operation for the next two weeks.

The wait time to qualify for unemployment benefits for individuals has been reduced to one week to better assist those impacted by lay-offs associated with the COVID-19 situation.

Those needing to apply for unemployment benefits or have questions are strongly encouraged to use online or over the phone methods to conduct related business versus going to the unemployment office in-person as a precaution to slow the spread of COVID-19.

In case you missed it, you can view the full press conference from this morning here.

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