Arkansas COVID-19 cases up to 8,067

(06/03/20)  Arkansas COVID-19 cases up to 8,067  The following stats were shared Wednesday at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 news conference in Little Rock and posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s website:

  • 8,067 total confirmed cases, up 249 from 7,818 on Tuesday.
  • 2,208 active cases, up 93 from Tuesday.
  • 5,717 recoveries, up 150 from Tuesday.
  • 142 deaths, up six from Tuesday.
  • 138 cases requiring hospitalization, up six from Tuesday.
  • 30 cases on a ventilator, down one from Tuesday.
  • 136 cases in Garland County, no change from Tuesday.
  • 132 recoveries in Garland County, up two from Tuesday.
  • 1 death in Garland County, no change from Tuesday.

The increase of 245 community cases, with an additional four from correctional facilities, represents a positivity rate of 4.8% from the total number of test results received in the past 24 hours of 3,872. The counties with the highest number of cases include Pulaski (33), Washington (28), Sevier (23), Benton (20) and Crittenden (18).

The governor and Secretary Cindy Gillespie, of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, provided information about the initiative to test all of the state’s residents and staff in long-term care and congregate care settings during the month of June. Gillespie said that they have been working on guidelines for reopening these facilities to guests and for communal dining and activities. Reopening may be on an individual facility approach as many facilities have not been affected by the virus. Those that complete the testing process and meet certain criteria may be allowed to reopen with appropriate guidelines in place.

There are currently 102 active COVID-19 cases among nursing home residents, and overall the case total is at 423, or 5.2% of the total number of statewide cases. There have been 55 nursing home resident deaths, which accounts for 39% of the total COVID-19 deaths in the state. Compared to other states, Arkansas has an average of 23.6 positive cases per 1,000 nursing home residents, whereas the national average is 62/1,000. Arkansas has six resident deaths per 1,000, compared to the national average of 27.5/1,000.