Hospitalizations continue to rise due to virus

This is a screenshot of Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Tuesday news conference to provide his weekly COVID-19 update. At left is Eddie Schmeckenbecher, the Governor’s interpreter for the hearing impaired.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arkansas increased to 810 on Tuesday.

“The numbers aren’t good, the trend is not good, and we have a lot of work to do here in Arkansas, and across the nation,” Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said during a news conference.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, the state’s virus cases totaled 124,235, including both confirmed and probable cases. The state’s COVID-19 death toll also rose to 2,112 on Tuesday.

Hutchinson is not in favor of closing businesses again in the state.

“You’d be shutting down businesses that are taking precautions, but you’ve still got the spread through all the other activities of life,” Hutchinson said Tuesday.

In Jackson County the Arkansas Department of Health shows there have been 834 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 239 probable cases for a total of 1,073.

There are 244 confirmed active cases in Jackson County, and 28 probable cases for a total of 272, and there have been five confirmed deaths in the county, and one probable, due to the virus.

A total of 585 people have recovered from confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jackson County, and there have been 210 others who have recovered from probable cases in the county.

Arkansas Health Secretary Dr. Jose Romero says the latest rise in the state’s cases can be linked to Halloween activities and the department is discouraging nursing home residents from leaving their facilities to celebrate the holidays with their families because of the virus.

A House spokeswoman said this week that Republican State Rep. Joe Jett, tested positive for the virus, the 11th state lawmaker to contract the virus over the past month. Arkansas has had the second largest coronavirus outbreak among state legislatures, according to figures compiled by The Associated Press.

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