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Drew County has first confirmed case

Drew County now has it’s first confirmed case of COVID-19, as announced by Governor Asa Hutchinson in his daily press conference. The total number of cases in Arkansas have climbed by 62 from yesterday up to 280 with Drew County being added as a new county with an identified case. 

Hutchinson also let Arkansans know that 100 new physicians have been licensed in March through an expedited process from the state medical board. To further increase the number of physicians in the state residents who have completed a year internship can now receive expedited licensure by the state. The Arkansas State Nursing Board has also expedited their licensing process and has issued licenses to 300 nurses in Arkansas in the month of March. 

Of the 280 positive cases in Arkansas 13 were case of children 18 and younger, 94 cases were 65 and older and 173 were between the ages of 19 and 64. In Arkansas the trend continues the population of those infected being 60% female. Twelve patients are hospitalized with four on ventilators and 11 have recovered. 

Dr. Nathan Smith, Secretary for the Department of Health, reminded everyone to practice social distancing but to also reach out to those you are no longer seeing and check up on them, especially elderly relatives and loved ones.

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