Arkansas COVID-19 cases up 1,923

(04/20/20) Arkansas COVID-19 cases up to 1,923  At Governor Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 press conference, the following updates as of 1:30 p.m. were shared:

  • 1,923 total confirmed cases (up 228 from 1,695 on April 17)
  • 107 confirmed cases in Garland County (from the ADH COVID-19 status page)
  • 1,133 active cases, which discounts recoveries and deaths
  • 93 COVID-19 patients in the hospital (no change)
  • 24 patients currently on a ventilator (up one)
  • 42 COVID-19-related deaths (up five)
  • 244 healthcare workers with COVID-19 (up 16)

Although Arkansas is faring well in terms of tests per capita in relation to states nationwide, Hutchinson hopes to expand beyond just contact tracing testing to broader surveillance testing. He also said that as the state progresses through the phases of reopening, beginning with the lifting of some restrictions on May 4, Arkansans will need to continue to wear masks, social distance and avoid gatherings.

Accounting for a majority of the state’s total case count over the weekend were the additional positive results from Cummons State Prison. Of the 890 test results that were filed since the 1:30 p.m. press conference on Sunday, only 22 of the 142 new positive cases were from outside of the prison.

First Lady Susan Hutchinson and Director Mischa Martin, of the Department of Human Services’ Division of Children & Family Services, shared the importance of reporting suspected child abuse or neglect. April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, and the pandemic has only exasperated the issue as children are not coming into contact with as many professionals. As such, individuals are encouraged to call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-844-Save-A-Child, which is available 24/7, to report suspected abuse. Since the pandemic began, there has been almost a 50% increase in the number of calls compared to the same time period last year for a current total of 3,148 calls received. Martin also shared the Mental Health and Addiction Services Support Line, 1-844-763-0198, which is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255, is available 24/7.