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Second wave of COVID-19 hits Arkansas

JONESBORO, Ark- With Governor Hutchinson continuing his testing goal, efforts have increased across the state and here in Craighead County after we have seen a significant rise in covid-19 cases.

“When we do more testing, we expect to find more cases and it’s important for us to know that” says Dr. Shane Speights- dean of the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. “The only way you can really track the virus and track the spread in certain demographic, certain age groups is to do more testing. Luckily, we are starting to see more of the resources be provided for testing. Early on we didn’t have enough stabs or testing kits.

Dr. Speights says previously testing was only given to the most ill, but now with more kits we can expand testing.

Over 12,000 test have been completed this month, heading towards the governor’s goal to test 120,000 in June.

This week over 1,000 new covid-19 cases have been reported in the state.

With the new cases, over 60% are from Northwest Arkansas.

With 8.7% of the new cases are from Northeast Arkansas.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services just awarded Arkansas 2.5 million dollars in federal coronavirus response funding. Dr. Speights says now’s the time to not let your guard down.

“Cases will go up in Northeast Arkansas, they’ll go back down and just kind of back and forth,” says Dr. Shane Speights- dean of the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. “I think it’s important to remember how the virus spreads. It spreads from person to person. So, if you have groups or events where people come together, there’s chances of the virus spreading where you’ll see outbreaks because of that.”

The Arkansas Department of Health will host a free drive thru testing site tomorrow from 9 am to 1 pm at the Craighead County Health Department


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