Monday night, Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelly reported a fifth death due to COVID-19. A black male in his 70s passed away at JRMC from cardio respiratory arrest due to COVID-19 according to Kelly.

Monday night, Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelly reported a fifth death due to COVID-19. A black male in his 70s passed away at JRMC from cardio respiratory arrest due to COVID-19 according to Kelly.

Jefferson County has recorded 22 recoveries out of 104 positive cases as numbers in the state of Arkansas has risen to 1,498 cumulative cases with 1,024 of those cases still active.

During Governor Asa Hutchinson’s COVID-19 press conference, he confirmed the death toll in the state had reached 32.

Out of the 1,024 active cases, 81 are hospitalized and 29 are on ventilators. There have been 444 recoveries for the state of Arkansas.

Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith confirmed out of the 206 healthcare workers who tested positive, 65 had recovered.

There are 28 nursing homes with active COVID-19 investigations, in which 93 nursing home residents in the state have tested positive. There have been six nursing home death totals and 71 positive COVID-19 nursing home workers according to Smith

Hutchinson said he is hoping to see a plateau in hospitalizations as Arkansas ranks amongst the lowest compared to other states.

"The future is about figuring out what we do when we are confident that we're at the peak and on the downward side of the slope," said Hutchinson.

Over the weekend Smith reported a COVID-19 breakout at Cummins Unit. Smith said there has not been any new positive cases reported at Cummins Unit. Previously reported, 43 out of 46 remain positive.

Testing will continue amongst other barracks at the unit as prisons make up 10% of the total cases.

Division of Correction Director Dexter Payne stated in Tuesday’s press conference that steps had been made to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The steps included putting a visitation suspension in place while lowering the cost of phone calls and video visitation. Payne also said they are moving barracks one at a time to prevent inmates from cross contamination.

All inmates have face masks and the infected barracks unit is isolated from everyone else.

The Federal Correctional Institute in Forrest City, Arkansas has 55 positive COVID-19 prisoners and five staff members which Smith says the CDC will be managing that outbreak.

Hutchinson said he spoke to U.S. Attorney General William Barr about the Federal Correctional Institute in Forrest City and that federal authorities would be leading the response to the outbreak.

Hutchinson announce during Tuesday’s press conference two new executive orders for front line workers, first responders and medical emergency responders.

The first order allows first responders, such as firefighters and police officers and front line workers to file workers comp claims if there's a relationship with COVID-19.

It was recently reported by the Pine Bluff Commercial that two Pine Bluff police officers had tested positive for COVID-19 with the unit self-quarantined for 14 days.

Hutchinson said at first only those workers in the hospital could apply for worker’s compensation due to the virus.

The second order gives liability immunity for medical emergency responders, meaning they can’t be sued over COVID-19. Hutchinson said those workers should not worry about being sued and be able to do their job.

Hutchinson sends a reminder that Arkansas is not yet at its peak and is not ready to relax our social distancing efforts.