Governor’s briefing: Positive cases pass 500, one new death, yet state staying under projections

At Tuesday’s statewide COVID-19 briefing, Health Director Dr. Nate Smith said the most recent COVID-19 death in the state was reported at White River Medical Center (WRMC) in Batesville. The victim was over the age of 65, Smith said. The death brings the statewide total to eight. A statement from White River Health System (WRHS) …

Macy’s To Furlough Majority Of Its 130,000 Workers

Macy’s said on Monday that it will stop paying tens of thousands of employees who were put of work when the chain closed its stores in response to collapsing sales due to the coronavirus pandemic. The majority of its 130,000, including stock people and sales clerks, will still collect health benefits but the company said …

President Trump Says Nationwide Stay-At-Home Order Is “Pretty Unlikely”

President Donald Trump and members of his administration have discussed whether to impose a nationwide stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but added that option is “pretty unlikely” for now. Trump made the comments at a White House press briefing on Monday. when asked if he is considering a national quarantine order, …

Legendary New Orleans Saints Kicker Tom Dempsey Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Record-setting New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey has tested positive for COVID-19. Dempsey, 73, is battling Alzheimer’s disease and dementia at a senior-living facility in New Orleans. At least 50 residents of the facility have been affected by the coronavirus, with at least 13 passing away. Ashley Dempsey, his daughter, said his symptoms have been …

Obituary: Patricia Lou (Blakey) Strong

Patricia Lou (Blakey) Strong, 79, of Batesville passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020. Born March, 5, 1941 in Protem, Mo. she was the daughter of Ralph Washington Blakey and Beulah Marie (Hampton) Blakey. She was a member of Cushman Assembly of God. She loved her Lord and singing in church; she loved being around her …

Governor’s COVID-19 update: 473 positive, one more death, additional $43 million in more PPE on way

More state funds have been made available to help Arkansas order an additional $45 million worth of personal protection equipment (PPE) and ventilators that are on the market, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said at his daily statewide COVID-19 briefing on Monday. Last week’s special session had already resulted in a $30 million PPE order for the …