Arkansas governor aims to lift some virus restrictions May 4

In this Thursday, April 16, 2020 photo, Keith Davis, left, and his friend Jakia Hart, left, wait outside the Arkansas Workforce Center in Little Rock, Ark. The pair said they were there because of COVID-19 related layoffs. The centers offer unemployment insurance, employment assistance and assistance for needy families, with over 30 such centers around the state.. (John Sykes Jr./The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ governor says he hopes to begin lifting some of the state’s restrictions imposed because the coronavirus outbreak on May 4. Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the plan as state health officials said the number of coronavirus cases at a state prison jumped from 46 inmates to 129. Hutchinson on Thursday set the May 4 date for lifting some limits if Arkansas meets the first phase of guidelines laid out Thursday by the White House for states to reopen their economies. The governor has said one of his priorities for easing restrictions is allowing elective surgeries at hospitals.