Arkansas seeking more contact tracers as virus cases spike

Arkansas

By ANDREW DeMILLO

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ governor wants to spend $22 million to hire contact tracers to track the spread of the coronavirus. That’s as the state reports near-record increases in virus cases and hospitalizations. Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he wants to direct money from federal coronavirus relief funds to hire the tracers. The Health Department said at least 17,375 people have tested positive for the virus, an increase of 697 from Tuesday. The department said 5,567 of those cases are active, meaning they don’t include people who have died or recovered. Arkansas has seen a major upswing in cases since last month.