(04/28/20) Arkansas COVID-19 cases up to 3,111 At Governor Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 press conference, the following updates as of 1:30 p.m. were shared:
- 3,111 total confirmed cases (up 94 from 3,017 on April 27)
- 1,913 active cases (down 67)
- 1,146 recovered (up 159)
- 114 confirmed cases in Garland County (from the ADH COVID-19 status page)
- 104 COVID-19 patients in the hospital (down five)
- 52 deaths (up two)
- 20 patients currently on a ventilator (down five)
- 208 cases in nursing homes (up five); 115 nursing home staff (no change)
Of the 94 new cases, 20 are from Cummins State Prison and 74 are from the community. The updated totals from Cummins include 860 inmates and 51 staff who have tested positive. From the Federal Correctional Institute in Forrest City, there are now 87 inmates and 12 staff who have tested positive.
Gov. Hutchinson and Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, announced the Phase One reopening schedule for Arkansas State Parks. The target date for renewing overnight visits to state parks is set for May 1, and is for in-state residents with self-contained RV units only. Park bathhouses will not be open at this time, and social distancing measures will be enforced. Two additional elements of the Phase One reopening of parks have a target date of May 15. Cabins, lodges and other overnight rentals are scheduled to be renewed at this time, but will be restricted to reservations between Fridays and Mondays to allow for safe and thorough cleaning and sanitation. Visitor information centers, retail establishment and exhibits are also scheduled to reopen. This includes the following, with limited capacity: restaurants and food service facilities; museums and exhibits; gift shops and golf pro shops; and marinas and rental equipment. Hurst said that full, detailed information about the Phase One reopening will be available at arkansasstateparks.com and on the state parks’ social media outlets.