UPDATE: Arkansas reports 411 coronavirus cases in public schools

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — UPDATE: Arkansas is reporting at least 411 students, teachers and staff at its public schools are actively infected with the coronavirus.

The state began releasing details on virus cases at public school districts Thursday, four days into the new school year.

The state is releasing numbers at districts that have more than five confirmed cases.

Arkansas’ public schools have about 480,000 students and more than 69,000 teachers and staff.

The state reported seven more deaths from COVID-19 and two fewer people hospitalized with the illness.

Editor’s note: Governor Asa Hutchinson on Thursday reported 222 active cases in public schools during his daily press conference. That number rises to 411 when you include districts with fewer than five cases, according to Andrew DeMillo with The Associated Press.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — There are 222 active cases of COVID-19 among Arkansas public schools, according to a congregate settings report released by Governor Asa Hutchinson on Thursday.

Gov. Hutchinson said he wasn’t surprised by the figure.

“To me, it seems like a very modest number compared to the 480,000 students that we have out there,” Hutchinson said. “With this number, it’s no surprise at all.”

Hutchinson said the figure reflected cases before school activity had started.

“If there was an infection, the students would have got that outside of school activities for it to be a statistic right now,” he said.

The full congregate setting report will be available on the Arkansas Department of Health website later this Thursday. The report will only identify districts with more than five positive cases due to privacy reasons, the governor said.

According to initial data released by Hutchinson at his daily COVID-19 press conference, there have been 441 cumulative cases among students since June 15 and 101 among faculty and staff.

Among the state’s colleges and universities, there are 41 active cases of coronavirus.

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