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Arkansas: Latest updates on coronavirus

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Last updated on Friday, March 27 at 12:20 p.m. E.T. 

Arkansas has reported 351 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three deaths as of Friday (March 27), according to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH).

Overall, state labs have tested more than 1,880 people for COVID-19 as of Friday (March 27).

Among total cases, 42 are residents of nursing homes, according to ADH.

Arkansas officials now recommend that people who return from travel to New York or any international location should self-quarantine for 14 days, according to a statement from ADH released on Thursday (March 26). This advisory is due to very high rates of COVID-19 in New York and many international locations, officials said. Indeed, New York has the most U.S. coronavirus cases of any state. 

On Tuesday (March 24) Governor Asa Hutchinson said that as long as the public and business follow guidance for social distancing, he doesn't see the need for a "shelter-in-place" order according to THV11.

On Friday (March 20) Hutchinson said cases of COVID-19 had been detected in three long-term care facilities in the state. Officials are now working to test all residents and staff of those facilities. 

On March 19,  Governor Asa Hutchinson said restaurants will not be allowed to provide dine-in service, they can offer take-out option only, THV11 reported.

Also on March 19, Hutchinson announced that all schools in the state would be closed through April 17, according to THV11.

Officials in Little Rock implemented a curfew, lasting midnight to 5 a.m., starting on March 18, according to KASU. On Wednesday (March 25), officials extended the curfew to last from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., and said that police would enforce the curfew with citations, if necessary, according to THV11.

On Saturday (March 14), officials said they were working to increase the number of COVID-19 tests conducted, from 20 to 160 per day, KFVS reported.

Cases are confirmed in the following counties:  Benton, Boone, Bradley, Clark, Cleburne, Cleveland, Columbia, Conway, Craighead, Crawford, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Drew, Faulkner, Garland, Grant, Greene, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Independence, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Pike, Poinsett, Polk, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Sebastian, Searcy, Sevier, Stone, Union, Van Buren, Washington, White and Woodruff.

Originally published on Live Science. 

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