Arkansas Hits New Peak of Active Coronavirus Cases


LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas hit a new peak of active coronavirus cases on Friday as businesses that had shuttered because of the pandemic continued to reopen.

Health officials said at least 5,612 people in the state have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, an increase over the 5,458 reported a day earlier. The true number is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

The number of people who have died from COVID-19 rose to 113.

Dr. Nathaniel Smith, the state's health secretary, said 1,470 of the cases are active, which excludes people who have recovered or died.

On Thursday, the state reported its largest single-day increase in new virus cases. The state has been rolling back coronavirus restrictions on businesses in recent days. Pools and water parks were allowed to reopen on Friday, and freestanding bars can resume service on Tuesday.

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