Governor’s COVID-19 update for Sunday: one new death, no new hospitalizations, more recoveries reported

At Sunday’s update on the COVID-19 situation in Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson first acknowledged Saturday’s tornado in Jonesboro. The governor said he would be going to Jonesboro directly following the briefing to see the damage first-hand, and he would be working with federal officials to ensure more help was on the way. Health officials noted […]

BREAKING: Tornado hits Jonesboro; Mall at Turtle Creek, other popular businesses reportedly hit, curfew at 7 p.m.

A tornado hit Jonesboro this afternoon as dangerous weather and storms spread across the region, including a tornado reported in Jackson County, as well. KAIT8 reports Craighead County and Jonesboro have received damage, and search and rescue teams are currently on the scene at The Mall at Turtle Creek, which appears to have suffered substantial […]

Saturday’s update from Gov. Hutchinson: Two more deaths; 23 more positive; PPE and financial help on the way

At his Saturday afternoon COVID-19 briefing, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and other officials presented updated stats from the virus’s effect on Arkansas; answered some questions regarding loans and unemployment benefits; and gave an update on his large personal protective equipment (PPE) order. Deliveries of the recent order of PPE are starting to arrive. Twenty-five percent of […]

Gov. COVID-19 update: Plan to boost funding for certain health care workers; more PPE on the way; and one new death reported

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced a $116 million initiative at his COVID-19 press briefing this afternoon targeting the possible looming crisis for rural hospitals and other health care providers. The majority of the funds, around $90 million, will come from the federal government. Some key points of the plan include: Additional payments of $1,000 per month […]

Gov. COVID-19 update: Special session begins tomorrow; directive to possibly be issued regarding gatherings of 10 or more

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced at his daily COVID-19 briefing that the special legislative session to address the $353 million revenue shortfall due to the coronavirus will begin tomorrow at 1 p.m. Based on his conversations with leaders of both the House and the Senate, Hutchinson says he feels the necessary votes are there. In another […]

Mountain View mayor says city faring well during virus

Mountain View Mayor Roger Gardner told White River Now this morning that the city and Stone County are faring well in light of the coronavirus pandemic. “Right now, trash is still being picked up. Water’s still running. Sewer’s still flowing. All of our restaurants are still open, mostly, but of course, everybody’s just doing drive-thru […]

Gov. briefing: Arkansas cases now at 165; COVID-19 tests up to over 130 a day

At today’s COVID-19 briefing from Gov. Asa Hutchinson, officials noted positive cases in the state are now at 165, up from yesterday’s total of 118. There are 10 cases in children; 62 cases age 65 and up; and 93 cases between the ages of 19-64. Sixty-one percent of positive cases are female while 39 percent […]

Judge Griffin: County obtains personal protective equipment for first responders; 4,000 masks on order

Independence County Judge Robert Griffin released a statement in response to the news of a presumed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) within the White River Health System. (Click here for more information on that story.) Griffin noted with the likelihood of additional cases coming, Glen Willis, the county’s Director of Emergency Management, picked up personal […]

WRHS CEO: Notified of ‘patient with presumed positive case of coronavirus’

The president and CEO of White River Health System released a statement today confirming their organization has a patient with a presumed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19). “Today, we were notified of a patient with a presumed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19),” said Gary Paxson, White River Health System president and CEO. “We initiated our […]

Coronavirus update: 118 in Arkansas as of this afternoon; judge says county number is currently 2, not 3

At today’s briefing from Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, officials noted the cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state as of 1:30 p.m. today stands at 118. Counties with the most cases include Pulaski with 28 cases; Cleburne with 22; Jefferson with 19; and Garland County at six cases. Regarding the number of cases in […]