Arkansas has reportedly had its first coronavirus-related death today.
The individual was a patient at Conway Regional Medical Center and was a male in his nineties. The Faulkner County Coroner’s Office confirmed to Arkansas Money & Politics that the man was pronounced dead at 8 a.m. this morning and the cause of death was attributed to coronavirus.
An Arkansas Department of Health spokesperson did not confirm the death but said that Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Nate Smith would provide an update on the matter at a press conference later today at 1:30 p.m. The press conference can be viewed here.
The Department of Health’s coronavirus tracker has not been updated yet (as of 12:25 p.m.) to reflect the death.
Currently, there have been 218 cumulative positive cases in Arkansas and 46,805 cases throughout the United States. According to the ADH coronavirus tracker, Faulkner County has had 14 positive cases of coronavirus. There have been 398,107 confirmed positive cases of coronavirus worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.
In the United States, there have been 593 deaths attributed to the virus. The first coronavirus-related death in the United States was reported on March 1 in Washington state. Worldwide, 17,454 deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus.