Jacqueline Froelich

KUAF Reporter, "Ozarks at Large" and NPR Correspondent

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative journalist and has been a news producer for KUAF National Public Radio since 1998. She covers politics, the environment, energy, business, education, history, race and culture. Her radio segments have been nationally syndicated. She is also a station-based national correspondent for NPR in Washington DC., and recipient of eight national and state broadcast awards. 

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On today's show, we have the latest updates from Governor Asa Hutchinson's coronavirus response briefing. Plus, we find out how the Community Clinic of Northwest Arkansas is stepping up COVID-19 testing efforts to help meet the governor's goal of conducting 60,000 tests in the state by the end of May. And, we learn about the state Health Department's effort to track the spread of coronavirus in Carroll County after a Cummins State Prison parolee, who tested positive, spent several weeks in Eureka Springs before he was rearrested.

Courtesy / Carroll County Sheriff's Office

A parolee from Cummins State Prison, recently diagnosed with COVID-19, openly circulated for several weeks in Eureka Springs. He was arrested for defying a state self-quarantine directive and is back in Arkansas Department of Corrections custody. The Arkansas Department of Health says it's investigating disease spread in the county.

On today's show, we have the latest from the governor's daily coronavirus response briefing. And, we find out about a new experimental treatment called COVID convalescent plasma therapy that was recently fast tracked in Arkansas. Plus, we hear more about Ozark Regional Transit's plans to require all passengers to wear face coverings starting next week.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized an experimental plasma therapy program in Arkansas to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients.

Courtesy / Carroll County Sheriff's Office

Forty-year-old Jad Perkins was booked into Carroll County jail Tuesday after he was arrested for violating parole from Cummins State Prison. Perkins, who had been circulating in the Eureka Springs area for two weeks, had recently tested positive for coronavirus. Both Governor Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Health have responded to the incident. Hear our full report Monday.