Arkansas News

Friday, July 23, 2021

COVID-19 in Arkansas: New cases continue to surge as active cases top 12,000, 15 new deaths

Cases continue to surge in the state according to the numbers reported Thursday by the Arkansas Department of Health with active cases increasing by more than 800 and another day of nearly 1,900 new cases. Health officials reported 1,860 new cases of COVID-19 and 876 new active cases, pushing the total case count to 370,326 and active case count to 12,779. State officials reported 15 new deaths since Wednesday, moving that total to 6,035 for the duration of the pandemic. The ADH reported that 849 Arkansans are currently hospitalized from the virus, an increase of one from the day prior, with 2 more patients on ventilators in the last 24 hours, putting the total at 158. Many Arkansas organizations are reacting to the recent surges in cases.
KARK-TV NBC 4 Little Rock

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Jonesboro house fire under investigation

Investigators want to know what sparked an early morning house fire. Around 3 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, the Jonesboro Fire Department responded to a residential fire in the 2200-block of Mary Jane Drive. According to the battalion chief, when crews arrived, the home was fully engulfed. He added that no one was hurt. It took firefighters just a few minutes to knock down the flames, but they stayed on the scene to look for hot spots. The chief said an investigator will try to determine the cause.
KAIT-TV ABC 8 Jonesboro

Siloam Springs Rotary Club honors first responders

The Siloam Springs Rotary Club honored the men and women of the Siloam Springs Fire and Police departments with its "Celebrating Siloam Springs First Responders" program held Saturday afternoon at the Chautauqua Amphitheater in Memorial Park. A full lineup of speakers were on hand, including local and regional Rotary representatives, local and national elected leaders and members of the police and fire departments. The emphasis of the program was honoring the first responders for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. "When we see people who are first responders today who put 'service above self' to others, we gladly honor them," said Siloam Springs Rotary President Stanley Church. "We can't say thank you enough," said state representative Robin Lundstrum (District 87). U.S. Representative Steve Womack flew in from Washington, D.C., for the event. Womack said he believes the respect of first responders is one thing that unites American people.
Herald Leader

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