Friday: Arkansas at 1,830 active Covid cases; Government sending out prepaid debit cards

JONESBORO, Ark. – As Friday begins, Craighead County is up to 203 cases to date with 53 still active. Crittenden County leads NEA in activity, with 318 cases to date and 84 still active. Across the river in Shelby County, Tennessee, 4,718 cases had been reported to date as of 10 AM.

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Arkansas COVID Numbers

Cumulative Confirmed Cases: 6,538

Deaths: 125

Recovered: 4,583

Total Active Cases: 1,830

Source: ADH’s map

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  • Craighead: 203 cases, 53 active, 150 recoveries, 0 deaths, 4,302 negatives
  • Poinsett: 31 cases, 4 active, 25 recoveries, 2 deaths, 488 negatives
  • Greene: 60 cases, 32 active, 28 recoveries, 0 deaths, 1,761 negatives
  • Clay: 4 cases, 0 active, 4 recoveries, 0 deaths, 512 negatives
  • Randolph: 26 cases, 5 active, 21 recoveries, 0 deaths, 950 negatives
  • Lawrence: 82 cases, 12 active, 65 recoveries, 5 deaths, 682 negatives
  • Crittenden: 318 cases, 84 active, 225 recoveries, 9 deaths, 2,805 negatives
  • Cross: 48 cases, 14 active, 34 recoveries, 0 deaths, 614 negatives
  • Jackson: 1 case, 0 active, 1 recovery, 0 deaths, 246 negatives
  • Mississippi: 73 cases, 14 active, 57 recoveries, 2 deaths, 1,328 negatives
  • Sharp: 45 cases, 10 active, 33 recoveries, 2 death, 351 negatives

Source: ADH’s map

Tracking the growth in Arkansas

Friend of NEA Report Dr. Pat Carroll of Pocahontas is helping us track the data with numerous informational graphs, all updated daily at his website located here. 

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United States: 1,722,419 positive

101,622 have died. 399,991 have recovered.

Global: 5,844,499 positive

361,249 have died. 2,443,458 have recovered.

Source: Johns Hopkins University.

Drive Thru Testing in Jonesboro

ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: Federal Government Sending Prepaid Debit Cards

LITTLE ROCK – The U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that they have begun to release Economic Impact Payments in the form of prepaid debit cards, instead of the paper checks many were anticipating. In accordance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the assigned amount of funds will be placed on prepaid debit cards and sent out to eligible taxpayers.

“My Office has received numerous calls from concerned Arkansans who have recently received the Economic Impact Payments in the form of a prepaid card,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Arkansans should know these prepaid cards in a plain envelope from Money Network Cardholder Services are actually from the federal government.”

If you receive an Economic Impact Payment Card, it will arrive in a plain envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services.” The free prepaid cards are issued with detailed instructions on how to easily activate the card. Recipients can transfer the funds from card to an existing bank account without any transaction fees. Funds can also be withdrawn at the ATM, but a transaction fee may apply. The prepaid card can be used anywhere Visa is accepted and provides fraud protections for consumers. Each card gives cardholders the ability to check their balance online, on the mobile app or over the phone without incurring fees.

Rutledge provides the following tips when activating the prepaid card:

  • Follow the directions provided with the prepaid card and visit to activate the card.
  • When activating the card, make sure to have a secure PIN number and do not share the number with anyone
  • Watch out for sites requesting your card number and PIN.
  • Use the site to search for surcharge-free ATMs, view the fee schedule and cardholder agreement information.

For more information about Economic Impact Payments, visit the IRS website at If you suspect online phishing scams related to the Economic Impact Payments, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at (800) 482-8982 or or visit

This article will be updated throughout Friday, May 29, 2020 with the latest news and numbers for Arkansas related to the coronavirus. Check back and refresh for the latest. 

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