In this Monday, April 20, 2020, file photo, nurse Tonya Green talks with a patient at Arkansas Surgical Hospital’s drive-thru Covid-19 testing site at the New Life Church in North Little Rock, Ark. Arkansas’ governor says the state is ramping up coronavirus testing as he nears a decision on whether to allow some businesses to reopen. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday, April, 23, 2020, the state is launching a “surge” of testing on Friday and Saturday and encouraging anyone in the state with symptoms to get tested.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ governor on Thursday said the state will ramp up coronavirus testing over the next two days as he nears a decision on whether to allow some businesses to reopen.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the state is launching a “surge” of testing on Friday and Saturday and an ad campaign urging anyone in the state with coronavirus symptoms to get tested. The Republican governor said the state aimed to increase the daily number of tests it performs from about 1,000 to 1,500 during those days.
“If you think you have symptoms, don’t wait, get tested,” Hutchinson said. The governor said the number of tests conducted in the state has declined since it hit a peak of 1,600 on April 10. He said there’s an inventory of testing supplies around the state to handle the surge because of that drop-off.