2 Arkansas inmates die from virus; death toll at 76 statewide

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By ANDREW DeMILLO and JIM VERTUNO

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) — Two Arkansas prisoners have died from the illness caused by the coronavirus as the first of businesses shuttered by the virus prepare to reopen. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Saturday encouraged the state’s residents to “tip very generously” and “spend money” when they head back into public in the coming days as stores, restaurants, malls and other venues start to reopen. Gyms are set to reopen on Monday. The Health Department said two inmates from the Cummins Unit died at an area hospital, with one on a ventilator. Both inmates were in their 60s. The death toll in the state is at 76 with a total of 3,431 cases and 1,999 recoveries.

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