Arkansas Reports 16 More COVID-19 Deaths, 410 New Cases

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Tuesday reported 16 more deaths from the illness caused by the coronavirus while state reported 410 new virus cases.

A new model on the virus’s growth also suggested the state will see significantly fewer new cases if public schools open with online classes only.

The state Department of Health reported that the number of COVID-19 deaths had risen to 619. The number of people hospitalized rose by six to 492.

The number of people who have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began to 53,487. Of those cases, 5,898 are active ones that don’t include people who have died or recovered. 

The true number of cases in Arkansas is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

The department said 85 of the new cases reported Tuesday came from correctional facilities. 

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health on Tuesday released new modeling for the virus’s growth in the state that also looked at different scenarios for school openings. Arkansas public schools resume in-person classes next week.

While schools are allowed to offer virtual classes or a hybrid option that includes some onsite classes, the state is requiring schools to be open five days a week for students who need in-person instruction. 

The UAMS simulation estimates 3,000 new daily infections in the state on October 6 if all classes are virtual, compared to 8,000 if they’re all in-person and 5,500 for a mix of in-person and online classes.

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