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Less than 500 active community cases and no new deaths reported in the latest statewide update

Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily statewide briefing Friday afternoon brought a positive outlook on the future of the state in its battle against COVID-19.

For the first time in many days, no new deaths were reported.

The cumulative case count increased by 82 since Thursday’s briefing, bringing the cumulative total to 3,747. The number of active cases is on the decline, only 691 cases in the state are considered active and nearly 3,000 have recovered.

Hutchinson announced recreational pools, splash pads, water parks, and related facilities can reopen on May 22 at 50 percent capacity. A directive detailing specifics will be available on the ADH website

Other news from Thursday’s Texarkana briefing:

  • Of the 82 new cases, 12 are in correctional facilities.
  • Of the 691 active cases, 131 are in correction facilities, 89 are in nursing homes, and 471 are in the community.
  • 64 patients are hospitalized.
  • Arkansas Ready for Business website has launched.
  • The next level of elective procedures that require a hospital stay up to 48 hours can resume Monday, May 11.
  • Arkansas could enter Phase Two of the Reopening America plan around May 18.


The new White River Now mobile app has started featuring regular COVID-19 updates and podcasts. In addition to the updates featured on the White River Now family of radio stations, the COVID-19 podcast section also features new interviews with Stone County Judge Stacey Avey, Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh, Independence County Judge Robert Griffin, state Sen. Stu Smith, and state Sen. James Sturch. Download the free White River Now mobile app today from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, and keep up-to-date on all local and state coronavirus information and to listen to the streams of White River Now radio stations.

We also carry live feeds of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s COVID-19’s briefings on-air at Arkansas 103.3, online at White River Now’s Facebook page, and through the Arkansas 103.3 stream on the White River Now mobile app on Arkansas 103.3.

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