COVID-19 ALERT: Cummins Prison

Thirty-eight percent of Arkansas’ coronavirus cases are concentrated in a maximum-security prison, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a Tuesday briefing.

Hutchinson said that the state’s total cases stand at 2,227, which includes 850 inmates at Cummins Prison who are infected with the virus.

The state saw an increase of 304 cases between Monday and Tuesday, with 260 of the new positive tests coming from the prison.

“These are really some escalating high numbers we have seen,” Hutchinson said, according to The Washington Post.

The facility holds about 1,200 inmates, meaning the majority are now infected, along with 10 staffers. “We’re trying to curtail it, we’re trying to know exactly where we stand in that prison environment,” Hutchinson said.