11 new coronavirus cases in Arkansas; Gov. Hutchinson gives update on state’s response

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson gives update on coronavirus as new cases are announced

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Arkansas Department of Health announced 11 more cases of coronavirus Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 33.

The majority of cases are clustered in central Arkansas with Jefferson County reporting 10 or more cases. Some of the new cases come from Washington, Faulkner and Bradley Counties.

As of March 18, 2020
As of March 18, 2020 (Source: Arkansas Dept. Health)

Hutchinson says many of the cases are travel-related or stemming from the original exposure. One case is related to traveling into France, two cases are related to traveling into India and eight cases are related to domestic travel.

Because of these travel-related cases, Hutchinson is advising Arkansans to be mindful about traveling over spring break.

According to the health department, testing capacity is increasing. Fifty people are under investigation with another 377 being monitored with daily check-ins.

So far, 236 people have tested negative for the virus, also known as COVID-19.

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