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  • Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

COVID-19 cases exceed 10,000 in Arkansas, doctors still recommend social distancing

JONESBORO, Ark- The state reached a milestone in terms of covid-19 cases. In total over ten thousand confirmed cases have been reported in the state since March.

With this high number, doctors are warning people to continue to practice social distancing.

“We’re not out of the woods just yet, but we’re definitely getting there, so that’s why social distancing wearing a mask out in public, staying home if you’re sick, washing your hands is so important,” Dr. Mark Wiggins St. Bernards. “I think those things still ring true now. The state health representatives are working tirelessly at making June decisions with June information, and not June decisions with March information.”

So far across the state 10,368 cases have been reported, an increase in 288 cases, and globally with over 7.238 million total cases.

The continued rise in cases in arkansas comes as Governor Hutchinson announced today the state will enter phase two of the open for business model on Monday.

Dr. Wiggins says while the number of cases is going up, it shouldn’t stop one from doing certain activities.

“The number of cases continue to rise but the number of hospitalizations, ventilator usage and serious cases isn’t rising at the same speed or level as the total number of cases,” says Dr. Mark Wiggins Family Physician at St. Bernards. “I think it is important to remember that the number of cases in Arkansas are going to continue to rise over the next few weeks but I don’t think that alone should preclude us from doing things in a safe and proper manner.”

We will continue to update you on COVID-19 cases here in the state and it’s effects.


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