Governor Asa Hutchinson, Johnny Key, Secretary of the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Dr. Nathaniel Smith, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, provided an update to media this afternoon (Friday, March 13) regarding Arkansas’s coronavirus (COVID-19) response in this videoraped press conference. According to Gov. Hutchinson, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not recommending broad school closures. The portion of his press conference related to schools and school closures is located here.
For more information from the state Department of Health about COVID-19, along with updated statistics and an interactive map of counties in Arkansas with presumptive positive cases, please see the health department's COVID-19 webpage.