Governor’s weekly COVID update

(4/6/21) Governor’s weekly COVID update 

The following statistics were shared at the governor’s weekly COVID-19 update on Tuesday, April 6, and posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s (ADH) website:

  • 331,261 total cases, up 163 from Monday.
  • 1,602 total active cases, down five from Monday.
  • 5,653 total deaths, up five from Monday.
  • 152 cases requiring hospitalization, up seven from Monday.
  • 26 cases requiring a ventilator, up three from Monday. 
  • 10,050 cumulative cases in Garland County, up six from Monday.
  • 26 active cases in Garland County, up four from Monday.
  • 9,769 recoveries in Garland County, up one from Monday.
  • 255 deaths in Garland County, no change from Monday.

In the past 24 hours, the number of positive PCR tests added in Arkansas was 71, with 70 being from the community and one from a correctional facility. There were 92 positive antigen results from a total of 1,276 antigen tests in the past 24 hours. The number of PCR tests received in the past 24 hours was 1,844. 

Hutchinson said of today’s 163 new cases that it is slightly lower than the same time last week, and that the daily cases are hovering around the same numbers throughout the week. He said there is still community spread and that there is likely a higher number than the documented cases each day, so he encouraged everyone to be mindful that the virus is still spreading in our communities. “You don’t want to catch COVID-19 when the vaccine is available to you,” he said.

Hutchinson also referenced the national curve of new infections, with 16 states seeing increasing new case counts, as well as the increases in Europe, and said these trends could come to Arkansas. “The way to prevent that is to beat the spread of COVID through more vaccinations, so vaccinations are critically important. We want to get them out as fast as we can. We have to overcome resistance. We have to overcome the challenges of a rural state,” he said.

In his vaccination progress update, Hutchinson shared that of the 1,881,900 total doses distributed to the state, 67.8%, or 1,276,675, have been administered. There have been 477,857 Arkansans fully immunized, and 357,280 have been partially immunized. Of the most vulnerable 65-and-older age group, 45.3% have been fully immunized, and 19.2% have been partially immunized.

The statewide vaccination call-line is 1-800-985-6030. 

Hutchinson and Secretary of Education Johnny Key shared that schools will help make vaccinations available to high school students age 16 and older. Hutchinson said that the rollout this school year will act as a pilot program, as he hopes by fall that ages 12 and older will have federal approval to receive vaccines, which the schools can then help administer. 

Hutchinson also emphasized the importance of getting vaccinations out to the minority community, which is currently behind in terms of vaccination percentages in comparison to the total population. 

Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero offered a reminder of the importance of getting the second vaccine dose for those receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. He said they are seeing increasing numbers of those not returning for their second dose appointments. He said that the vaccination call-line can be used for anyone who may have missed their second-dose appointment to find a location where they can receive their second shot. 

4-6-21 ADH daily chart