Arkansas COVID-19 cases up to 3,192 with seven new deaths and no new correctional institution cases

(04/29/20)  Arkansas COVID-19 cases up to 3,192 with seven new deaths and no new correctional institution cases  At Governor Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 press conference, the following updates as of 1:30 p.m. were shared:

  • 3,192 total confirmed cases (up 81 from 3,111 on April 28)
  • 1,884 active cases (down 29)
  • 1,249 recovered (up 103)
  • 115 confirmed cases in Garland County (from the ADH COVID-19 status page)
  • 93 COVID-19 patients in the hospital (down 11)
  • 59 deaths (up seven)
  • 18 patients currently on a ventilator (down two)
  • 340 healthcare workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 (up seven)
  • 219 cases in nursing homes (up 11); 128 nursing home staff (up 13)

There were no additional COVID-19 cases from correctional institutions since yesterday, so all 81 new cases were from the community.

Gov. Hutchinson had two announcements relating to the reopening of businesses. Phase One for opening of dine-in services at restaurants will take place on May 11, with the following stipulations: no more than 33% occupancy rate of the restaurants; face coverings, physical distancing and daily staff screenings required; no groups larger than 10; no self-service; bars and entertainment within restaurants prohibited; and senior hour, reservations and pre-ordering encouraged.

Secondly, the Arkansas Ready for Business Grant Program, which has a pool of $15 million in grants to assist companies through the restart phase and to build consumer confidence by offsetting expenses associated with ensuring the health and safety of employees and patrons. Such expenses include personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizer stations, cleaning supplies and services and other one-time expenses to enable a business to reopen. All industry sectors are eligible, and grants will be $1,000 per full-time employee for up to a total of $100,000 per company. The application and more information should be available by the end of the day at www.ArkansasEDC.com.