(09/04/20) Record number of new cases at 1,094, and test results at 11,254

9-4-20 ADH daily graphic(09/04/20)   Record number of new cases at 1,094, and test results at 11,254

The following statistics were shared Friday at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 news conference in Searcy and posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s (ADH) website:

  • 64,175 total confirmed cases, up 1,094 from 63,081 on Thursday. 
  • 5,755 active cases, up 424 from Thursday.
  • 57,547 recoveries, up 658 from Thursday.
  • 873 deaths, up 12 from Thursday (two were late reports).
  • 401 cases requiring hospitalization, down 24 from Thursday.
  • 86 cases requiring a ventilator, down five from Thursday. 
  • 1,479 cumulative cases in Garland County.*
  • 148 active cases in Garland County.*
  • 1,301 recoveries in Garland County.*
  • 30 deaths in Garland County.*

* Friday’s data not yet available on ADH dashboard at time of publishing

In the past 24 hours, the number of new cases in Arkansas was 1,094, with 971 from the community and 123 from correctional facilities. Counties with the number of new cases higher than 20 in the past 24 hours include Washington with 215 (82% were between the ages of 18-24, meaning they are most likely from the University of Arkansas campus), Pulaski with 87, Benton with 56, Craighead with 47 (43% were between the ages of 18-24, meaning they are most likely from the campus of Arkansas State University), Jefferson with 24 and Sebastian with 21. 

The number of tests completed in the past 24 hours was 11,254. There were 600 antigen tests performed with 111 positive results. 

“This is a fairly dramatic exclamation point to end this week and to start the holiday weekend. It should serve as a reminder to us of the challenge that we continue to be in, but it also reflects some extraordinary testing numbers,” said Hutchinson of today’s highest number of new cases in a 24-hour period and highest number of test results processed in a 24-hour period. 

Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero reminded the public that it is important to maintain social distancing, use of masks and hand sanitation over the holiday weekend. To college students, he said, “Please, we need your help. You are part of our communities, and as part of our communities, we would ask you to adhere to those guidelines that we have worked so hard to drive the incidence rates down in many of these counties, and we would hate to see them go back up again.”

Hutchinson said that the University of Arkansas is announcing today that they are banning all gatherings of 10 or more, both on and off campus.

Romero, responding to a question about a possible rise in hospitalizations in the coming weeks due to the rise in cases, said that based on what they have seen up to this point in the pandemic, they do anticipate hospitalizations to go up.