Arkansas Reports More Than 1,000 COVID-19 Deaths

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This is the first week where Governor Asa Hutchinson started providing weekly and as-needed briefings on the state's coronavirus response instead of doing daily briefings as he's done throughout the pandemic. In Tuesday's briefing, the Arkansas Department of Health announced 17 additional deaths from COVID-19 bringing the state's total to 1,003. The agency has also started tracking probable coronavirus deaths, which stand at 139 since the start of the pandemic. The new category is based on CDC guidelines. The state also reported 679 new COVID-19 cases during the most recent testing period from more than 5,800 test results and the governor announced ADH will be able to conduct more antigen testing after receiving 12,000 antigen tests. Washington County reported 91 cases, Benton County 48 and Sebastian County 47. Arkansas Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero says many of the cases in Washington County are connected to the University of Arkansas. Ivy Pfeffer, the deputy commissioner with the Arkansas Department of Education, also provided an update after more than three weeks of school saying so far there have been nearly 40 modifications in learning at various schools. To watch the full briefing, click here.