Arkansas Governor Hutchinson announced bars can begin to open May 19, will visit with president in the White House


FORREST CITY, Ark. — The death toll from coronavirus in Arkansas stands at 100 with 4,813 positive cases in the state, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced in a May 18 news conference. The governor was joined by Arkansas Department of Health Secretary Dr. Nate Smith as they released the latest information on the impact of COVID-19 in the state. Additional details they provided:

550 tests were done in Forrest City this past Saturday.  Not all the results are in but they received 290 results showing that 24 tested positive.

On Saturday there were 4,578 cases, Sunday 181 cases were added 131 of those were in prisons and  50 from the community.  Since yesterday 54 more cases (1 in a prison) have been added making the total 4,813 cases.

1,068 of those cases are active with 378 of those in prisons and 99 of those cases are in nursing homes.

Two more deaths due to COVID-19 brings the total to 100 deaths in Arkansas.

Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that bars associated in restaurant facilities can open May 19.  Freestanding bars that are not associated with restaurants can open with restrictions Tuesday May 26.  The Department of Health will be listing specific guidelines for this to be able to happen.   

The governor announced he will go visit with the president and VP in the Oval Office on Wednesday.  He will talk about how Arkansas has dealt with the situation.  He will also talk about food processing and that industry in our state.

Watch in the video above.

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