Logan County has had its first death from COVID-19, according to Logan County Judge Ray Gack. Judge Gack was notified on Sunday, May 3, of the passing of an eastern county resident who was a confirmed positive case in the county for the virus.
"I received a call from the Arkansas Department of Health on Sunday, notifying the county that we did have a death due to COVID-19. There was some confusion on if the person was from Yell or Logan County, but the ADH confirmed with us that it was a Logan County resident."
The Logan County Emergency Management announced Sunday morning on their Facebook page that a citizen had "lost the fight with the COVID-19. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends."
As of 12:30 p.m. On Monday, there were still only three positive cases in Logan County with two recoveries and one death. 97 Logan County residents have tested negative.
Statewide there have been 3,431 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 76 deaths linked to the virus. Of those cases, 98 were currently hospitalized and 19 now on a ventilator. There have been a total of 52,890 tested for COVID-19 in the state of Arkansas, with 49,459 being negative.
Governor Asa Hutchinson announced last week of the reopening for Arkansas with Phase I opening up the State Parks on Friday, May 1. The opening is limited to camping for in-state residents with self-contained recreational vehicles and contactless check-in. Campground bathhouses will reopen at a later time.
Gyms reopened on Monday, May 4 with strict physical distancing rules and sanitation protocols.
On Friday, May 1, the Governor announced that beauty salons and barbershops in Arkansas could resume business on Wednesday, May 6, with restrictions including appointments only. Face masks are required and there should be ten or fewer people in each facility. Clients will have to wait in their vehicles until it's time for their appointment. This includes beauty salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, massage facilities and medical spas.
Governor Hutchinson also announced that on Monday, May 11, eating establishments may resume dine-in operations. The restaurant may only seat up to 33% of its occupancy in the first phase and restaurant workers must use personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves. Patrons are also required to wear a mask until their food is served. The state is offering $15 million in grants to help businesses reopen. The program is called "Ready for Business" and would pay for PPE for employees.