High school swim party contributes to ‘second peak’ in Arkansas coronavirus cases

A high school swim party is responsible for a cluster of new COVID-19 cases in Arkansas, officials there said.

“A high school swim party that I’m sure everybody thought was harmless,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters of the gathering.

“They’re young, they’re swimming, they’re just having activity and positive cases resulted from that,” Hutchinson said, without elaborating on the number who were infected.

The carelessness and resulting infections are “just an encouragement for us to be disciplined in our activities,” the governor added.

“During this Memorial (Day) weekend, we want to be out and we want to enjoy ourselves, we want to remember this holiday and those that have served our country and given their lives in service of our country.

“But let’s be safe and let’s be disciplined at the same time,” he told reporters.

The new cases are part of a “second peak” of infections in the state, he said. Arkansas has dealt with the outbreak by closing schools, but has not required residents to stay at home.

Earlier this month, two people infected at least 38 members of a rural church in the state — including three who died.


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