Arkansas COVID-19 cases up 4,813; announcements given about the lifting of restrictions on bars

(05/18/20)  Arkansas COVID-19 cases up to 4,813; announcements given about the lifting of restrictions on bars  The following stats were shared Monday at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 news conference in Forrest City and posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s website:

  • 4,813 total confirmed cases, up 350 from 4,463 on Friday.
  • 1,068 active cases, up 93 from Friday.
  • 3,645 recoveries, up 255 from Friday.
  • 100 deaths, up two from Friday.
  • 77 cases requiring hospitalization, up 12 from Friday.
  • 12 cases on a ventilator, up three from Friday.
  • 129 cases in Garland County, up 11 from Friday.
  • 117 recoveries in Garland County, up five from Friday.
  • 1 death in Garland County, no change from Friday.

The governor announced that bars located in restaurant facilities can re-open on May 19. Free-standing bars will open a week later, on May 26. The Arkansas Department of Health will issue additional information and guidelines related to these directives.

Hutchinson and Dr. Nate Smith applauded the efforts in Forest City that led to a total of 550 individuals getting tested for COVID-19 on Saturday, which the governor described as the most extensive testing done in any community since this pandemic began. A total of 290 of the test results have been processed, and 24 of those are positive.