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Positive case of COVID-19 now at 33 statewide, economic relief efforts enacted for small businesses

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ governor has ordered new financial help for people and businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

The assistance detailed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday came as Arkansas saw its COVID-19 cases rise from 22 to 33, its largest single-day increase.

The assistance Hutchinson announced includes loans for some businesses and incentives for child-care providers.

The governor also temporarily waived a work requirement for food stamps. Hutchinson on Tuesday eased some of the restrictions for seeking unemployment benefits.

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