Coronavirus cases up to 218, 2 deaths reported

Staff Writer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Tuesday reported its first two deaths from the coronavirus outbreak.

Faulkner County's deputy coroner said a 91-year-old man died Tuesday morning at a Conway hospital from COVID-19. State Health Secretary Dr. Nathaniel Smith said the other death was a patient in their 50s in the central Arkansas area.
The number of coronavirus cases in the state rose from 201 on Monday to at least 218. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday the state faces a $353 million shortfall because of the economic fallout from the outbreak.

Hutchinson said he planned to call a special session that will begin Thursday to address the budget shortfall.