Arkansas’ active virus cases keep increasing; 6 more dead

FILE - In this March 23, 2020 file photo, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, right, speaks in Little Rock Ark. Gov. Hutchinson is resisting issuing a broad stay-at-home order to curb the coronavirus outbreak, even as the state's cases continue to increase. Health officials on Thursday, March 2, 2020, said the number of coronavirus cases in the state had risen to at least 643, with two additional deaths. (Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP File)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The number of cases continues to rise in Arkansas of the illness caused by the corona outbreak, and officials say six more people in the state have died. The Health Department said Wednesday that at least 8,067 people in the state have tested positive for the virus, an increase over the 7,818 reported Tuesday. The number of active cases, excluding those have died or recovered, reached a new high of 2,208. The number of people who have died from the illness caused by the virus rose to 142.