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On today's show, we provide information from the governor's daily briefing on the coronavirus response in the state. Plus, we hear from immigration advocates who want to make sure immigrants, who are vital to keeping the economy running, are supported during the pandemic. And, we find out why the Washington County Sheriff's Office is releasing inmates from its jail during the outbreak.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, says recent financial numbers give us an idea of how the economy was doing before the pandemic, but don't offer a clear picture of what is next.

Arkansas United hosted a teleconference this week to discuss how immigrants are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Advocates argue immigrants are vital to keeping the economy running and they're concerned immigrants won't receive support from initiatives like the $2 trillion economic rescue package approved by the Senate.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is working with the prosecutor's office to release inmates who are accused of non-violent crimes and at higher risk of complications from the coronavirus. So far, the jail has released about 150 people.

J. Froelich / KUAF

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, with facilities in Springdale and Bentonville, remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic under strict medical security measures. Donors are urgently needed as most public blood drives have been cancelled until further notice.