JONESBORO — It’s not a top 10 list anyone wants to be part of, but five Northeast Arkansas counties were among the 11 counties with 20 or more new coronavirus cases Wednesday.

Once again, Craighead, with 66 new confirmed cases, led the state. Greene County was fifth with 26, followed by Poinsett County with 24, Lawrence County with 22 and Mississippi County with 21.

Mississippi County also recorded two more deaths.

The state had 884 confirmed new cases statewide, the Arkansas Department of Health reported. The death toll rose to 1,484 with the addition of 21 on Wednesday.

A judge earlier Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by 18 legislators, including Jonesboro representatives Dan Sullivan and Brant Smith, who challenged the governor’s authority to impose restrictions on businesses and require people to wear masks whenever social distancing isn’t possible.

Hutchinson said his directives are important tools in the fight to prevent the spread of the virus. He pointed to success in Washington County, a previous hot spot in the state.

“We’ve proven it works and people do adopt compliance with the guidelines because they see that it does work and that it is necessary,” the governor said. “Craighead County needs to make sure they do everything they can to stop the spread to protect themselves and others.”

Hutchinson said he has talked to Craighead County law enforcement officials and they understand the need for educating the public as to the guidelines.

Northeast Arkansas COVID-19 cases by county through Wednesday:

Craighead – 3,626 confirmed (up 66 from Tuesday), 148 probable (up 9), 488 active cases; 29 confirmed deaths, 3 probable.

Greene – 1,086 confirmed (up 26), 63 probable (up 1); 176 active; 15 confirmed deaths,

Lawrence – 577 confirmed (up 22), 63 probable (up 3); 127 active; 13 confirmed deaths.

Poinsett – 809 confirmed (up 124), 14 probable (down 3); 113 active; 14 confirmed deaths, 1 probable.

Mississippi – 1,858 confirmed (up 21), 60 probable (unchanged); 139 active cases; 46 confirmed deaths, 11 probable.

Jackson – 428 confirmed, 144 probable; 153 active cases; 4 confirmed deaths, 1 probable.

Randolph – 464 confirmed (up 5), 91 probable (up 5); 31 active cases; 18 confirmed deaths, 5 probable.

Cross – 486 confirmed (up 3), 32 probable (unchanged); 32 active cases; 17 confirmed deaths, 2 probable.

Clay – 374 confirmed (up 10), 22 probable (up 2); 45 active cases; 5,472 total tests, 9 confirmed deaths, 2 probable.