468 total PCR and antigen positive tests today
The following statistics were shared Thursday, Sept. 10, at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 news conference in Little Rock and posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s (ADH) website:
- 66,804 total confirmed cases, up 398 from 66,021 on Wednesday.
- 5,196 active cases, down 648 from Wednesday.
- 60,668 recoveries, up 748 from Wednesday.
- 940 deaths, up 12 from Wednesday (three were delayed reporting).
- 392 cases requiring hospitalization, down 19 from Wednesday.
- 79 cases requiring a ventilator, down three from Wednesday.
- 1,563 cumulative cases in Garland County, up 11 from Wednesday.
- 125 active cases in Garland County, down two from Wednesday.
- 1,404 recoveries in Garland County, up 13 from Wednesday.
- 34 deaths in Garland County, no change from Wednesday.
In the past 24 hours, the number of positive PCR tests added today in Arkansas was 398, with 392 from the community and six from correctional facilities. Counties with the number of new cases higher than 20 in the past 24 hours include Pulaski with 72, Washington with 37, Jefferson with 33 and Craighead with 30.
The number of tests completed in the past 24 hours was 4,900. There were 430 antigen tests performed with 70 positive results.
Following tomorrow’s daily COVID-19 update from the governor, he will transition to COVID-19 updates on a weekly basis, or as necessary, he said. The first weekly update will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 15. He said the daily updates have been useful to keep the public updated, but that that the ADH website at health.arkansas.gov now offers easily accessible information. He said the state continues to be in an emergency and the pandemic will still be a priority.
Today is Suicide Prevention Day, and the governor said that suicides are up in Arkansas and across the nation. There is help for any Arkansan who is suffering, he said, through the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or at suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Veterans will be provided special services by calling the hotline. For Spanish, call 1-888-628-9454 or visit prevenciondelsuicidio.org.
Dr. Ivy Pfeffer of the Department of Education shared that two additional schools have made modifications to their instruction. A third-grade class in the Fordyce School District will meet virtually through the end of the week. Tuckerman High School is pivoting to remote learning through Sept. 21.