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Arkansas reports 549 new coronavirus cases, 10 more deaths

August 20, 2020 GMT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Thursday reported 549 new cases of the coronavirus and 10 more deaths from the illness caused by the virus.

The Department of Health reported at least 54,765 people have tested positive for the virus. The department said 5,666 of those cases are active ones that don’t include people who have recovered or died.

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 number of people who have died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, rose to 641. The number of people hospitalized remained unchanged at 499. Three of the new deaths reported Thursday occurred in July and are late reports, the department said.

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The state Department of Education also released new guidance for handling virus outbreaks in school districts. Arkansas’ public schools will resume classes next week. Although schools are allowed to offer virtual classes or a hybrid option that includes some on-site instruction, the state is requiring them to stay open five days a week for students who need in-person classes.

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