Three new coronavirus cases in Arkansas are health workers

March 14, 2020 GMT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Three health care workers are the latest to test positive for the coronavirus in Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and state Secretary of Health Dr. Nathaniel Smith said Saturday.

The three are connected to the state’s first confirmed case, Smith said.

“All three of those were health care workers who came into contact with our first patient in Pine Bluff,” and are now quarantined, Smith said.

For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, but the vast majority of people recover.

Also Saturday, the Pulaski County jail in Little Rock said visitation has been suspended until further notice, despite no cases at the jail, to help contain the spread of the virus, which most causes only mild or moderate symptoms in most people.

The number of coronavirus cases in Arkansas is now 12, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said, up from nine announced Friday.


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