(05/14/20) Arkansas COVID-19 cases up to 4,366 The following stats were shared Thursday at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 news conference in Little Rock and posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s website:
4,366 total confirmed cases, up 130 from 4,236 on Wednesday.
928 active cases, up 66 from Wednesday.
3,340 recoveries, up 63 from Wednesday.
98 deaths, up one from Wednesday.
69 cases requiring hospitalization, up five from Wednesday.
10 cases on a ventilator, down three from Wednesday.
316 nursing home residents infected, no change from Wednesday.
121 cases in Garland County, up one from Wednesday.
115 recoveries in Garland County, up one from Wednesday.
1 death in Garland County, no change from Wednesday.
Of the 130 new cases, 17 were from correctional facilities and 113 were from the community, making it the largest single-day increase in community transmissions to date. There were a total of 1,991 test reports received since yesterday, and there was a 2.6% positivity rate.
Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston addressed some of the questions they continue to hear. The trust fund for unemployment insurance is in good standing at $778 million, which they will continue to monitor closely as it relates to the number of incoming claims and how long this situation goes with the number of people on unemployment. Up to this point, they have paid out a total of $109 million from the state trust fund. From the federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation – the additional $600 provided in the CARES Act – they have provided payments of $248 million throughout the state. From the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, again from the CARES Act to provide the additional 13 weeks of payments, they have sent out almost $500,000. There have been approximately 30,000 applications for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance since the system opened last week. They hope to have payments available during the week of May 18.