Washington County COVID-19 deaths in August close to surpassing numbers from same month in 2020

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Northwest Arkansas is seeing a surge in COVID-19 deaths.

Washington County Coroner Robert Morris reported the numbers to the Fayetteville Board of Heath on August 11.

He said last year, 26 deaths were reported in August.

This year, 24 deaths have been reported less than two weeks into the month.

The news of one of those deaths came in as he gave his report.

“When we started this meeting, we were at 23, and I just sent one of my deputies to pick up another one. So, we’re at 24,” Morris said. “That’s how quick it happens.”

Morris said the youngest death reported this year was 29 years old.

He says this weekend, the county had to use the new morgue trailer to store bodies.

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