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22 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 41 under investigation in Arkansas

A total of 22 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Arkansas by the state's Department of Health.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — To get the latest information, click here to read our real-time updates.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that in the past 24 hours, there have been no new positive COVID-19, the illness caused by the spread of the coronavirus, cases in the state.

Key facts to know:


Tuesday, March 17:

5 p.m.:

Pulaski County Sheriff's Office said during a press conference to make sure if someone has flu-like symptoms while calling 911 to make that clear to the operator before help arrives.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has announced that non-emergency situations be filed in a form online or over the phone to restrict as much face-to-face contact with deputies as much as possible.

READ MORE: Arkansas law enforcement agencies dispatching officers to emergencies only due to coronavirus

4:15 p.m.:

Conway Regional is now offering drive-thru testing for COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. 

READ MORE: Conway Regional offering drive-thru coronavirus testing site

12:45 p.m.:

The following counties have at least one confirmed case of COVID-19:

  • Cleburne County
  • Cleveland County
  • Desha County
  • Garland County
  • Jefferson County
  • Lincoln County
  • Pulaski County
  • Saline County

11:05 a.m.:

The Little Rock Police Department will restrict access to any of its building and anyone visiting has to complete a screening before entering.

10:55 a.m.:

Secretary of Education Johnny Key said the state is working with superintendents across the state on the process when schools re-open on March 30.

The state will look at re-entry, what districts need to be ready, and how to deal with medically sensitive students and staff members.

10:45 a.m.:

Hutchinson directed all three casinos in Arkansas to cease operations for the next two weeks as a way to stop the spread of coronavirus in the state.

"We have to adjust to this new normal of activity which is reduced events [and] commerce to a certain extent," he said.

Dr. Smith said that COVID-19 is "an invisible storm" and that we are at "the beginning of this storm."

10:30 a.m.:

Gov. Hutchinson said the state is working on steps to ease hardship when it comes to unemployment and insurance.

When someone is laid off, he wants to make sure they get unemployment and have cash available. Hutchinson said he will allow people to apply for unemployment online.

You can apply by clicking here.

READ MORE: How to file for unemployment in Arkansas if your job is affected by coronavirus

9:45 a.m.:

The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting that 41 people are under investigation and 310 people being monitored. 197 people have tested negative in the state.

No new confirmed cases have been reported on Tuesday.

Monday, March 16:

Gov. Hutchinson and Dr. Nate Smith announced 6 new cases of COVID-19 in the state. Two cases are in Cleburne County and one is in Desha and another in Lincoln county.

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. implemented a city-wide curfew that will begin Wednesday night. It will take place from midnight until 5 a.m.

Arkansas coronavirus hotlines: 

  • For children (staffed by Arkansas Children's Hospital): 1-800-743-3616 
  • For adults (staffed by UAMS): 1-800-632-4502

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