Monday: 4,043 cumulative, 803 active COVID-19 cases in Arkansas; Restaurants reopening with limitations

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Cumulative Confirmed Cases: 4,043

31 new cases today, 6 in prisons, 25 in community; 61 hospitalized, 11 on a ventilator

Deaths: 94

Recovered: 3,149

Total Active Cases: 803 active

278 in prisons; 86 in nursing homes; 439 in the community

Total Tested: 69,008*

*previous update

Source: ADH Website


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COVID in NEA

  • Craighead: 97 cases, 71 recoveries, 0 deaths
  • Poinsett: 25 cases, 19 recoveries, 2 deaths
  • Greene: 23 cases, 18 recoveries, 0 deaths
  • Clay: 3 cases, 2 recoveries, 0 deaths
  • Randolph: 21 cases, 18 recoveries, 0 deaths
  • Lawrence: 70 cases, 39 recoveries, 4 deaths
  • Crittenden: 210 cases, 169 recoveries, 7 deaths
  • Cross: 29 cases, 20 recoveries, 0 deaths
  • Jackson: 1 case, 1 recovery, 0 deaths
  • Mississippi: 52 cases, 17 recoveries, 0 deaths
  • Sharp: 11 cases, 5 recoveries, 1 death

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United States: 1,334,951 positive

79,699 have died. 216,169 have recovered.

Global: 4,142,970 positive

283,861 have died. 1,334,951 have recovered.

Source: Johns Hopkins University.


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Restaurants reopening; Jonesboro mayor asks restaurants to post signs requiring masks

As restaurants reopen today at 33-percent capacity seating, the City reminds patrons of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s mandate that no one enters a restaurant without a mask.

Some changes will take some effort to grow comfortably, the city pointed out in a press release. And the practice of eating out comes with new rules that require patience and understanding.

Read more from NEA Report.


Pools, splash pads and water parks

In reference to recreational pools, splash pads, water parks, and swim beaches: Governor Hutchinson says a limited reopening will begin on May 22

  • No entry if fever, symptoms, or contact with positive patient
  • 50-percent capacity
  • 6-foot physical distancing in all areas
  • Entrance controls to avoid crowds
  • Markings to note distancing at slices, diving boards, and anywhere with a line
  • Disinfect high touch areas frequently
  • Tables, chairs moved 6 feet apart; family groups can sit together
  • Maintain pool chemistry
  • Lifeguard training can begin now

More elective surgeries to be allowed

Today, the next stage of elective surgeries will begin. Previously, it has been limited to day surgeries. Now, overnight surgeries with stays expected of up to 24 hours will be allowed. They were previously limited to ASA category 1 and 2; Now will allow 1, 2 and 3 (meaning patients with more health issues will be allowed to undergo elective procedures).


Meat shortage expected to improve

More than a dozen meat packing plants have been reopened in the United States, hopefully solving a worry about meat shortages. Dr. John Anderson, head of the agricultural economics and agribusiness department of University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural Food and Life Science, told The Jonesboro Sun there was a temporary disruption but that they’re not running out of product. Read more from The Sun.


Afternoon update from Arkansas governor

Governor Asa Hutchinson will be touring El Dorado today and plans to speak live at 1:30 PM from Murphy USA offices. It will be streamed here: https://www.youtube.com/c/GovernorAsaHutchinson/live

 


This story will be updated throughout the day on Monday, May 11, 2020. Check back and refresh for the latest news and numbers.



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