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Statewide COVID-19 cases approaching 70,000

Statewide COVID-19 cases approaching 70,000


Coronavirus numbers still on the rise here and across the state Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson offered an update on the state of the state in regards to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In his update, the governor reported a continued increase in new cases as well as a dozen additional coronavirus-related fatalities in Arkansas. The state is fast approaching a total of more than 70,000 cases of COVID-19.

Statewide Numbers:

Confirmed Cases: 69,050 (up from 66,804) Active Cases: 5,827 (up from 5,196) Recoveries: 62,243 (up from 60,668) New cases today: 508 (490 community cases, 18 in correctional facilities) Total tests this month: 86,916 Daily testing average: 4,900 Total deaths: 976 (up from 964) Deaths added today: 12

Hospital Data:

Hospitalized: 373 On Ventilators: 80 Ever Hospitalized: 4,725 Ever on ventilator: 602

Hot Spots (top counties with new cases:

1. Pulaski: 72 2. Washington: 37 3. Jefferson: 33 4. Craighead: 30 5. Saline: 28 Crittenden County Judge Woody Wheeless also shared some data relevant to the county, as we continue to see triple-digit active cases locally.

Crittenden County Numbers:

Confirmed Cases: 1,767 Active Cases: 105 Recoveries: 1,626 Deaths: 36 Negatives: 12,201 Wheeless also took some time to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

“This is the 19th anniversary of the tragic incident when America was under a terror attack, Sept. 11, 2001,” said Wheeless. “We must not ever forget what happened that day with over 3,000 lives lost and so many families affected.

The sacrifices that so many made that day and the days following. God bless all the families and God bless our great nation. Do you remember where you were when you heard the news?” While we all mark the occasion, Crittenden County Sheriff Mike Allen also drew attention to another pair of tragedies that also occurred on the eleventh of September.

“On this day September 11th, 2001 we all remember the events and the brave men and women that reminded us as all why we are so proud to be Americans,” said Allen.

“This day sadly also reminds us locally about two local heroes that paid the ultimate sacrifice in protecting and serving the Citizens of Crittenden County and the State of Arkansas.”

Two area law enforcement

See UPDATE on Page 2

County Judge Woody Wheeless

Ofc. Michael Walters

Cpl. Mark Carthron UPDATE (cont.)

officers died in the line of duty on this day — one 17 years ago and another, coincidentally, two years later.

“In 2003 on this day, West Memphis Police Officer Michael Waters paid the ultimate sacrifice and was killed in a car crash while pursuing felons who had robbed a West Memphis Grocery Store,” said Allen. And 15 years ago last Friday…

“In 2005 on this day, Arkansas State Police Corporal Mark Wesley Carthron paid the ultimate sacrifice while attempting deploy stop sticks and trying to stop fleeing felons who had committed an armed robbery in Forrest City,” added the sheriff.

“Corporal Carthron died of his sustained injuries on Sept. 12, 2005. Both of these men left behind friends, family and a community that will always be thankful for their service.”

Allen took the opportunity to highlight all those who serve and have served in law enforcement.

“May we never forget these brave men, who paid the ultimate sacrifice in serving the citizens of this community and let us also remember the men and women that continue to serve the citizens of this county today, he said. “Today and forever you will be remembered as our shield between good and evil and may God continue to bless your friends and family.”

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