Two COVID-19 related deaths in Arkansas, officials say

CONWAY, Ark. — According to Bishop Crites Funeral Home, 90-year-old William Barton is the first COVID-19 death in Arkansas.

In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Governor Asa Hutchinson also announced a second death in the state related to the novel coronavirus.

Dr. Nate Smith with the Arkansas Department of Health said the second death was a person in their 50s. Both deaths were in the central Arkansas area.

Smith said that at least one of the people who died had an underlying health condition.

As of 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, the Arkansas Department of Health confirmed 230 COVID-19 cases throughout the state.

“What we are seeing is the calm before the storm, although many don’t see it that way,” Hutchinson said, “but we are on the lower end of the slope before it goes up.”

More on this story as it develops.

Key facts to know:

  • 230 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas 
  • 1,228 total tests
  • 998 negative test results
  • 9 total recoveries from the illness
  • All public schools are closed until April 17
  • All restaurants and bars are directed to operate under carry-out and to-go options only “until further notice.”

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