Real-time updates: Over 400 positive COVID-19 cases in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — As of 5 p.m. on Saturday, the Arkansas Department of Health confirmed 409 COVID-19 cases throughout the state.

Dr. Nate Smith confirmed the third death due to COVID-19 in Arkansas. The person who passed away was in their 70s.

Gov. Hutchinson said there will be additional pay to support nurses in rural Arkansas cities. Nurses will receive $1,000 per month and $2,000 per month for nurses that care for COVID-19 patients.

The Arkansas Department of Health is recommending people to self quarantine at home for 14 days if they recently traveled from New York and all international locations.

Key facts to know:

  • 409 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas 
  • 3,398 total tests
  • 2,989 negative test results
  • 5 reported deaths
  • 26 recoveries
  • All public schools are closed until April 17

Watch Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. press conference here:

Saturday, March 28

1:50 p.m.

Current breakdown of Arkansas’s positive COVID-19 cases:

  • 15 children 18 years or younger
  • 130 ages 65+
  • 269 ages 19-64

1:45 p.m.

Congressman French Hill appeared during the press conference to outline some items in the CARES Act, which was recently signed by President Donald Trump.

Beyond the $1,200 that will be sent to people making under $75,000 a year, Hill said the act will allow people to take money out of their 401k without 10% penalty.

1:30 p.m.

Gov. Hutchinson announced the state saw two more COVID-19 related deaths, bring the total to five in Arkansas.

One person was in their 70s and the other was in their 40s.

He called the coronavirus pandemic “a health crisis but it’s also a financial crisis.”

Over 30,000 people have applied for unemployment benefits in Arkansas, which is a record for the state.

Secretary Mike Preston said glitches on the unemployment website have been fixed, but asked people to “be patient.”

Preston announced that trainers, stylists, and similar jobs will be available for unemployment. People who are self-employed will be eligible to file for unemployment.

12:30 p.m.

There are now 404 positive COVID-19 cases in Arkansas. The Arkansas Department of Health is now reporting a total of 3,342 test with 2,938 being negative.

There have been 24 recoveries from COVID-19 in the state.

8:40 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 388 total positive COVID-19 cases in the state. 

The number of tests jumped to 3,310 with 2,922 negative tests.

Friday, March 27

7:40 p.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health is now reporting 386 positive COVID-19 cases in the state.

4:20 p.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health is now reporting 384 positive COVID-19 cases in the state and 2,009 total tests given.

There are now 23 recoveries and 1,625 negative tests.

1:50 p.m.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced they are allocating $1 million from the Consumer Education Enforcement Fund for nurses and healthcare providers at UAMS and other hospitals.

She said there are currently 500 price gouging complaints and 25 open investigations in Arkansas. 

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1:40 p.m.

The current breakdown of the 381 cases:

  • 15 children (aged 18 or younger)
  • 124 seniors (ages 65+)
  • 242 adults (ages 19-64)
  • 42 in nursing homes
  • 48 hospitalized
  • 17 ventilators 
  • 19 recoveries 

1:30 p.m.

Gov. Hutchinson said in a press conference that out of the 381 positive cases, 48 people are hospitalized in Arkansas for COVID-19. 

In the press conference, he showed a model of the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Arkansas could be around 2,000 by 1st week of April.

He announced that he has authorized 10 additional National Guard personnel to assist the Arkansas Department of Health and the Corps of Engineers in expanding the capacity of hospital beds in Arkansas. 

An order for 500 ventilators was placed for the state of Arkansas. This is a massive expansion of the current capacity.

12:25 p.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health is now reporting a total of 381 positive COVID-19 cases.

Gov. Hutchinson will provide an update regarding Arkansas’s coronavirus response at 1:30 p.m.

8:15 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health is now reporting a total of 351 positive COVID-19 cases. There have been 19 total recoveries.

Watch Thursday’s press conference here:

The following counties have at least one confirmed case of COVID-19:

  • Baxter County
  • Benton County
  • Boone County
  • Bradley County
  • Chicot County
  • Clark County
  • Cleburne County
  • Cleveland County
  • Columbia County
  • Conway County 
  • Craighead County
  • Crawford County
  • Crittenden County
  • Cross County
  • Desha County
  • Drew County
  • Faulkner County
  • Garland County
  • Grant County
  • Greene County
  • Hot Spring County
  • Howard County
  • Independence County
  • Jefferson County
  • Johnson County
  • Lawrence County
  • Lincoln County
  • Lonoke County
  • Pike County
  • Poinsett County
  • Polk County
  • Pope County
  • Pulaski County
  • Randolph County
  • Saline County
  • Searcy County
  • Sebastian County
  • Sevier County
  • Stone County
  • Union County
  • Van Buren County
  • Washington County
  • White County
  • Woodruff County

We will continue to update this article with new information as it becomes available.