“A high school swim game that I’m sure everyone thought was harmless. They are young, they swim, they just have activity and positive cases have resulted, “said Hutchinson.
The governor declined to provide further details on the swim party, but noted that the incident was “only an encouragement for us to be disciplined in our activities.”
“During this commemorative weekend, we want to go out and we want to have fun, we want to remember this holiday and those who served our country and gave their lives in the service of our country. But let’s be safe and be disciplined at the same time, “said Hutchinson.
The governor’s case highlights threats of community spread in the United States as cities and states continue to ease social distancing and businesses reopen.
Earlier this month, at least 180 people were exposed to the new coronavirus in California when a person tested positive for Covid-19 attended a church service on Mother’s Day. Meanwhile, in Missouri, up to 91 people were exposed to the virus when a hairdresser with a coronavirus worked for eight days when he was symptomatic.
Hutchinson said on Saturday that Arkansas is seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases in what the governor calls a second peak.
Health officials reported 163 new cases of the virus on Saturday. There are at least 5,612 cases in the state, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.
Unlike other states, Arkansas has not been forced to stay at home to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.
Hutchinson said last month that he did not think the state needed a state-wide order because of its low population density.
He highlighted his actions by declaring a public emergency when Arkansas had its first confirmed case of coronavirus, closing down state schools and increasing testing.