JONESBORO0 — Craighead County recorded 37 new coronavirus cases and two deaths Tuesday, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

Eleven Craighead County residents have died from COVID-19. Mississippi County had 50 new cases.

The state reported a new one-day record increase in deaths from the illness caused by the coronavirus. In addition to the two deaths of Craighead County residents, Greene and Jackson counties recorded their first deaths, and the death toll in Crittenden County rose to 17 with one new death.

The Department of Health reported 20 more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the state’s total fatalities to 428. The state’s health secretary said six of those deaths didn’t occur within the last 24 hours.

The state reported 734 new confirmed cases of the virus since Monday, bringing the total to 40,181. The department said 6,565 of those cases are active, meaning they don’t include people who have died or recovered.

The true number of cases in Arkansas is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

The number of people hospitalized because of the virus increased by 12 to 501.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover.

Tuesday Northeast Arkansas COVID-19 cases by county:

Craighead – 1,006 confirmed (up 37 from Monday), with 210 still active, 785 recovered, 15,195 negative tests, 9 deaths.

Lawrence – 162 confirmed (up 4), 18 active, 135 recovered, 2,063 negative, 9 deaths.

Greene – 247 confirmed (up 17), 65 active, 181 recovered, 5,604 negative, 1 death.

Poinsett – 130 confirmed (up 5), 34 active, 93 recovered, 2,329 negative, 3 deaths.

Randolph – 145 confirmed (up 8), 33 active, 110 recovered, 2,507 negative, 2 deaths.

Clay – 103 confirmed (unchanged), 11 active, 88 recovered, 2,104, 4 deaths.

Jackson – 55 confirmed (up 1), 10 active, 44 recovered, 1,674 negative, 1 death.

Mississippi – 603 (up 50) confirmed, 158 active, 437 recovered, 5,741 negative, 8 deaths.

Cross – 155 confirmed (up 4), 36 active, 118 recovered, 1,964 negative, 1 death.

Sharp – 89 confirmed, 13 active, 71 recovered, 1,453 negative, 5 deaths.

Crittenden – 1,113 confirmed (up 13), 115 active, 981 recovered, 7,523 negative, 17 deaths.

St. Francis – 1,083 confirmed (up 4), 115 active, 953 recovered, 5,792 negative, 3 deaths.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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