Arkansas Reports 615 New COVID-19 Cases, Opts Into USDA School Meal Program

Sep 2, 2020

After a few days of declining COVID-19 cases, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced a rise of 615 new cases out of nearly 4,800 tests in the last 24-hour monitoring period. The state also reported another 27 deaths, but Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero said 13 of those occurred more than three weeks ago. Hospitalizations were also up by 12. Washington County reported the majority of new cases, at 67, followed by Pulaski County also at 67, and Benton County with 60. With 399 active cases of coronavirus reported today on the state’s flagship university flagship campus in Fayetteville — an increase from 222 on Monday — Romero said campus communities across the state can and should take proper measures to slow the spread. Hutchinson also announced Arkansas public schools will opt into a U.S. Department of Agriculture waiver program, allowing for all students to have access to meals without cost through the end of the year, no waivers required. Hutchinson said he would like Congress to investigate more funding for education to help offset expense associated with providing both virtual and in-person teaching during the global pandemic. The governor also announced that CDC is issuing a moratorium on evictions for people who have lost work during the pandemic. To watch the full briefing, click here.