(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.