Arkansas COVID-19 cases up 49 to 2,276

(04/22/20)  Arkansas COVID-19 cases up 49 to 2,276  At Governor Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 press conference, the following updates as of 1:30 p.m. were shared:

  • 2,276 total confirmed cases (up 49 from 2,227 on April 21)
  • 109 confirmed cases in Garland County (from the ADH COVID-19 status page)
  • 1,371 active cases, which discounts recoveries and deaths
  • 97 COVID-19 patients in the hospital (up 11)
  • 23 patients currently on a ventilator (down four)
  • 42 COVID-19-related deaths (down one; previous death reclassified as Missouri resident)
  • 863 recovered (up 54)
  • 262 healthcare workers with COVID-19; 148 have recovered
  • 170 cases in nursing homes (up 35); 31 facilities with active cases

Gov. Hutchinson made two announcements regarding the lifting of restrictions in the state:

  • Effective April 27, hospitals and clinics will again be able to perform some elective procedures. Criteria for allowed procedures includes that patients test negative to COVID-19 within 48 hours of the procedure, that it be a day surgery or procedure and that the patient have no symptoms related to the virus. It will also be encouraged that facilities start with a smaller volume and have adequate supplies of PPE.
  • A timeline for future decisions leading to May 4 was outlined, with the following dates and decision announcements as follows: April 29, restaurants; April 30, gyms; May 1, beauty and barber salons; May 4, places of worship and larger venues.

Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith shared that 13 of the 49 new cases were from the Cummins State Prison, bringing their total 681 inmates and 14 staff as of 10 p.m. Tuesday night. Additional barracks and staff will be tested, and he said it is likely there will be additional positive cases.

Gov. Hutchinson asked “the people of Arkansas to be diligent, and do what we need to do to protect ourselves and protect other. We are on a good path, but you can see how quickly something can flare up, and we all want to make sure we are in this for the long haul and do a good job.”