Coronavirus Update: Arkansas Announces First Case, Missouri Sets Up Hotline

From: Ozarks First/Associated Press

Update on the Coronavirus from two different fronts:

Arkansas has announced its first presumptive case of coronavirus, according to Governor Asa Hutchinson.

The Arkansas Department of Health has confirmed Arkansas’ first presumptive case of COVID-19. Test results are being sent to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for final confirmation.

The governor says the patient is located in Pine Bluff and is in isolation under quarantine. Hutchinson says there is no risk to the general public.

The governor is urging residents to think twice before making travel plans out of state.

Meanwhile, Missouri has launched a telephone hotline staffed by medical professionals for people seeking guidance on the new coronavirus.

The state health department says people can call 877-435-8411 at any time on any day. The hotline launched Wednesday morning.

The department says 46 people in Missouri have been tested for the virus that causes COVID-19 but just one has tested positive in St. Louis County.

Saint Louis University has suspended most in-person classes next week to try to guard against the coronavirus.

Maryville University in St. Louis County also is switching to an online-only class schedule until the end of the month.


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