Arkansas COVID-19 cases up to 4,923

(05/19/20)  Arkansas COVID-19 cases up to 4,923  The following stats were shared Tuesday at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 news conference in Little Rock and posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s website:

  • 4,923 total confirmed cases, up 110 from 4,813 on Monday.
  • 1,082 active cases, up 14 from Monday.
  • 3,739 recoveries, up 94 from Monday.
  • 102 deaths, up two from Monday.
  • 78 cases requiring hospitalization, up 1 from Monday.
  • 14 cases on a ventilator, up two from Monday.
  • 325 cases involving nursing home residents; up one from Monday.
  • 130 cases in Garland County, up 1 from Monday.
  • 117 recoveries in Garland County, no change from Monday.
  • 1 death in Garland County, no change from Monday.

Of the 110 new cases reported, four come from correctional institutions and 106 are from the community, making it the second-highest day to date for community cases. However, a record number of test results – 3,014 – were processed in the last 24 hours, and the positivity rate was 1.5%. There were three counties with more than 10 new cases: Pulaski (19), Sevier (14) and St. Francis (13).

Hutchinson shared that in June, the plan is to test all residents and employees at long-term care facilities in Arkansas, which will be between 40,000-50,000 tests. He thanked nursing home and long-term care workers and residents, “who have been through a lot of challenges and have really acted heroically,” he said. Enhanced payment funds for workers in these facilities, starting weekly on April 23, will total $21.8 million through the payment to be dispersed on May 22.