Arkansas now has 96 coronavirus cases, including in Crittenden County

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The state of Arkansas is now reporting 96 cases of the novel coronavirus, as of Friday.

More than 200 people are under investigation and 548 are being monitored.

At least one of those cases is in Crittenden County, the state said Friday. It is the county’s first known case.

Officials say the patient had returned to Crittenden County after a trip to California on Wednesday when he started feeling mild symptoms.

He was taken to the hospital and tested Thursday. Friday, it was confirmed that he does have a case of coronavirus.

Officials say he is resting at the hospital, and they are optimistic that the virus was contained.

“The patient is now in isolation at this time, feeling well with minimal symptoms,” said West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon. “Their immediate family has also been tested. Tests came back and show that they are negative.”

Poinsett County and Craighead County are also listed.

Two of the cases were children; the rest were adults, state officials said. Most did not require hospitalization, officials said.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said all public schools would be closed until April 17, restaurants and bars were asked to close except for carry-out and indoor facilities such as gyms were asked to close for all nonessential functions.

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