Arkansas COVID-19 cases up 276 over weekend

(04/27/20)  Arkansas COVID-19 cases up 276 over weekend to 3,017  At Governor Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 press conference, the following updates as of 1:30 p.m. were shared:

  • 3,017 total confirmed cases (up 276 from 2,741 on April 24)
  • 112 confirmed cases in Garland County (from the ADH COVID-19 status page)
  • 109 COVID-19 patients in the hospital (up five since April 24)
  • 50 deaths (up five since April 23)
  • 25 patients currently on a ventilator (no change since April 24)
  • 316 cases involving healthcare workers (up 31 since April 24)
  • 203 cases in nursing homes (up 27 since April 24); 115 nursing home staff (up 13)

The Arkansas Surge Campaign encouraging residents to get tested if symptomatic exceeded the goal to reach 1,500 tests daily on Friday and Saturday. A total of 1,506 test results came in since yesterday with a positivity rate of 1.8%. The total number of tests in the state reached 40,074, and the overall positivity rate is 7.5%

Gov. Hutchinson reviewed the criteria from the phased recommendations in the White House’s Opening Up America Again plan, and he showed graphs illustrating that the state is on the right track with the three main criteria – symptoms, cases and hospitals.

Dr. Nate Smith shared the update with Cummins State Prison, which now has 856 positive cases and only 32 test results pending. They are up to 50 positive staff members with 15 tests pending.