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Arkansas Issues Emergency Medical Licenses to Fight Coronavius


LITTLE ROCK (AR) — Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson authorized temporary emergency medical licenses to medical residents with one year of training, reports ABC affiliate KATV. Two have reportedly died from the virus in the state.

Hutchinson noted in a news conference that expediting the licensing process has added 100 new physicians to the fight against coronavirus in the state. As of Thursday morning, 310 people had tested positive for the virus (1,504 had tested negative) in the state. Arkansas’s Department of Health reported that 12 people had recovered from the virus.

Also on Wednesday, the city of Little Rock announced a tightening of its curfew to limit the spread of the virus. City residents are not allowed outside from 9 p.m.-5 a.m.; the curfew does not include people who are going to and from work.

On Thursday, Hutchinson will address economic disruption in the state at a special legislative session. Countless businesses have closed or scaled down their operations as health officials urge people to practice “social distancing.”