Arkansas cases up to 381; Garland County at 20

(03/27/20) Arkansas cases up to 381; Garland County at 20  The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state has gone up 48 since yesterday to a total of 381. The total in Garland County went up one additional case to 20. Of the total cases in Arkansas, 15 are children (ages 18 and younger), 242 are adults (ages 19-64) and 124 are older adults (ages 65 and above). There are 48 hospitalizations from COVID-19, which is up from 41 yesterday, and 17 patients require use of a ventilator, which is up from 13 yesterday. A total of 19 patients have met the criteria to be considered recovered.

Governor Asa Hutchinson shared that he and health experts are studying projections and models based on how the spread has occurred in other states, and one model estimates Arkansas could have around 3,500 confirmed cases by mid-April. Hutchinson said the goal is for our state to beat those projections, primarily by all Arkansans abiding by social distancing, avoiding public gatherings of 10 or more and by following the other guidelines set forth by the Arkansas Department of Health. Seeing as the public gathering recommendation became a statewide directive yesterday, Hutchinson met with state law enforcement today to begin enforcement.

The Corps of Engineers will be assisting in expanding the capacity of hospital beds in the state, and the state ordered 500 additional ventilators.