Arkansas’ confirmed virus cases top 20,000, with 1 new death

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In this Monday, April 27, 2020 photo, Gov. Asa Hutchinson takes off his Arkansas Razorbacks facemark as he arrives for the daily coronavirus briefing at the state Capitol in Little Rock. (Staton Breidenthal/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ confirmed coronavirus cases now exceed 20,000 people. The Department of Health on Monday said at least 20,257 people have tested positive for the virus, an increase of 439 from Sunday. The department said 5,926 of those cases are active, meaning they don’t include people who have died or who have recovered. The state’s death count rose by one to 265, while the number of people hospitalized has risen to 300. Arkansas’ cases have steadily risen since last month, when the state allowed businesses that had closed because of the pandemic to reopen.