By Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2020

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas reported 883 new confirmed cases Thursday of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, as well as nine more COVID-19 deaths.

The state’s confirmed virus cases since the pandemic began has increased to 71,614, according to the Department of Health. The state’s total of COVID-19 deaths grew to 1,166.

The state also reported 223 new probable cases detected through antigen testing. Two more people were hospitalized, bringing the state’s total to 389.

The actual number of cases in Arkansas is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and a cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he was encouraged by the increased use of the antigen tests, which he said is helping address the demand for rapid testing at college campuses and K-12 schools.

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