Statewide cases at 946, with 18 total deaths

(04/07/20) Statewide cases at 946, with 18 total deaths  At Governor Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 press conference, the following updates as of 1:30 p.m. were shared:

  • 946 total confirmed cases (up from 875 on April 6)
  • 74 COVID-19 patients in the hospital (no change)
  • 26 patients currently on a ventilator (up four)
  • 18 COVID-19-related deaths (up two)
  • 152 COVID-19 patients recovered (up 50)
  • 134 healthcare workers with COVID-19 (up 12)
  • 61 nursing homes residents or staff with COVID-19 (up two)

The federal correctional facility in Forrest City now has a total of 29 cases (24 inmates and five staff). A team from the CDC is scheduled to arrive this evening and be on-site tomorrow to assist.

There were a total of 1,436 test results received since yesterday, which is the greatest number in a 24-hour period and one of the lowest positivity rates of 1.6%. The majority was from commercial labs, at 1,285, with Arkansas Department of Health (AHD) completing 73 and UAMS processing 78.

Hutchinson also shared that Arkansas has the lowest hospitalization rate (2.5 for every 100,000) among our neighboring states. He credited this statistic and the relatively low infection rate per 100,000 to Arkansans and businesses following the social distancing guidelines. He gave special thanks to childcare workers in the state who are making special efforts to be sure they can be there for children of our first responders and healthcare workers. He also shared appreciation to Dr. Bruce Murphy and the Arkansas Heart Hospital for donating through Abbott Laboratories 500 of the fast-response COVID-19 tests to be designated for healthcare workers.

Hutchinson has amended the executive order that gives cities the flexibility to impose curfews and close city- and county-owned parks and facilities, as long as they do not impede commerce and that it is coordinated with the Governor’s Office in an effort to achieve a common approach across the state.

The Governor said reports of groups or individuals not abiding by the social distancing and other mitigation guidelines should be made to the ADH hotline at 1-800-803-7847 or 1-800-554-5738 (after hours).