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Arkansas Coronavirus Tests Lag Mississippi and Tennessee


LITTLE ROCK, AR (Ben Caxton) — Just over 85,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Arkansas compared to about 113,000 in Mississippi and 325,000 in Tennessee. That’s about 4.7% of Tennesseans, 3.6% of Mississippians, and 2.7% of Arkansas residents that have been tested for coronavirus, and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has set a goal of testing 60,000 people by the end of May. Hutchinson says when the virus began to spread his state didn’t have the same access to tests. Resources went to hotspots in Mississippi and Tennessee that were higher priorities for testing. While case numbers in Crittenden County and West Memphis are higher compared to the rest of Arkansas, the area has more cases per capita than neighboring Shelby and DeSoto counties across the river.

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