The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arkansas reached 280 Wednesday. Drew County is one of the two most recent counties with at least one confirmed case.

As of i:30 p.m. Wednesday, 39 counties in Arkansas have confirmed cases, including five counties in extreme Southeast Arkansas: Drew, Bradley, Cleveland, Desha and Lincoln. There are no confirmed cases in Ashley or Chicot counties, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

The 280 cases in Arkansas represent an increase of 47 since late Tuesday and is the largest one-day increase so far.

Unemployment claims in Arkansas are also increasing each day.

Gov. Hutchinson said more than 9,000 claims were filed last week. So far this week, there have been 8,000 claims filed, including 700 Wednesday morning.

“This volume of claims is unprecedented in our history, in any economic time,” Hutchinson said. “We are processing them as quickly as we can. I know the wait time on the telephone line, I think is over 25 minutes, so be patient we’ll get to it.”

Watch Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Wednesday update:

 

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