Arkansas COVID-19 cases up to 4,236

(05/13/20)  Arkansas COVID-19 cases up to 4,236  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:

  • 4,236 total confirmed cases, up 72 from 4,164 on Tuesday.
  • 862 active cases, up 13 from Tuesday.
  • 3,277 recoveries, up 57 from Tuesday.
  • 97 deaths, up two from Tuesday.
  • 64 cases requiring hospitalization, up five from Tuesday.
  • 13 cases on a ventilator, up one from Tuesday.
  • 316 nursing home residents infected, up 17 from Tuesday.
  • 120 cases in Garland County, up one from Tuesday.
  • 114 recoveries in Garland County, up one from Tuesday.
  • 1 death in Garland County, no change from Tuesday.

Dr. Nate Smith shared some additional demographic information. African Americans account for 38.8% of the total cases and 38.9% of the total COVID-19 deaths in the state. Smith said that this means that African Americans are overrepresented in the total number of cases, but that they are not more likely to die if they get the infection. The age group with the highest number of cases is the 25-44 age range at 38.7% of the total cases. The 65 and greater age group accounts for 15.9% of cases, but they represent 71.6% of the deaths, which means they are the age group with the highest risk of a bad outcome.

Hutchinson shared that the state has recorded 23,949 test results this month through May 12 toward the goal of 60,000 during the month. In the past 24 hours, there was a total of 2,278 test results received with a positivity rate of 2.2%.

LaShannon Spencer, chief executive officer of Community Health Centers of Arkansas (CHCA), reported that their health centers across the state have committed more than 2,000 collections a week in May toward the state’s goal of 60,000. She said there are multiple testing sites and types of sites (drive-thru and tents) across the state, and that if an individual does not have insurance, they will not be charged. For more information about testing sites, visit their website at http://www.chc-ar.org/  or call 1-833-508-0774. She added that primary care needs should still be attended to, and all the necessary precautions are being taken to protect individuals and staff from spread of the virus.

Bo Ryall, president and CEO of the Arkansas Hospital Association, echoed Spencer in saying that hospitals are open and are available to assist with residents’ healthcare needs. “If you have been delaying medical care, we would encourage you to follow up with your physician and hospital to schedule an appointment,” he said. Local hospitals are available for COVID-19 testing, or can direct residents to testing locations in their area. He also recognized healthcare workers across the state as this is National Hospital Week.