Real-time updates: Over 1,700 positive coronavirus cases in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — The Arkansas Department of Health has confirmed 1,739 positive COVID-19 cases throughout the state.

Gov. Hutchinson said there’s been nearly 150,000 unemployment claims in Arkansas during the coronavirus pandemic.

Commerce Secretary Mike Preston announced a new website for unemployment in Arkansas. The unemployment hotline hours have also been extended to six days a week from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Key facts to know:

  • 1,777 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas 
  • 24,205 total tests
  • 22,428 negative test results
  • 38 reported deaths
  • 719 recoveries
  • All Arkansas schools are closed for the remainder of the school year

Saturday’s press conference:

Saturday, April 18

8 p.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health confirms there are now 1,777 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

2 p.m.

Dr. Dillaha confirms there are 230 positive inmates at Cummins, but no positive cases for the staff. The inmates and staff are now all wearing masks, making them, and providing them to other prisons across Arkansas.

1:50 p.m.

Governor Hutchinson announced he has signed an executive order for an Arkansas economic recovery task force. He said the state needs this sort of task force in order to lift some of the restrictions by May 4.

The expectancy of the task force is for them to meet and discuss how they can expand their industries while keeping the public’s health as a top priority.

1:40 p.m.

Dr. Dillaha provides a breakdown on the 1,739 cases in Arkansas.

  • 998 active cases
  • 703 recoveries
  • 22 on ventilators

1:30 p.m.

Governor Hutchinson holds a press conference to provide an update on Arkansas’s COVID-19 response. The new total of confirmed cases is 1,739 and 38 reported deaths. There are currently 86 hospitalizations.

The governor announced $10-million will be distributed to 27 hospitals across Arkansas. The grants will range from $250,000 to $500,000. UAMS will receive $500,000 for the support of telemedicine and telehealth.

Watch Friday’s press conference here:

Friday, April 17

1:50 p.m.

Dr. Nate Smith provides the breakdown of the 1,695 cases in Arkansas:  

  • 1,065 active cases
  • 23 on ventilators 
  • 593 recoveries 
  • 228 healthcare workers 
  • 116 nursing home residents 

Dr. Smith also confirmed 83 new positive COVID-19 cases at Cummins Unit, bringing the total to 129.

1:40 p.m.

Gov. Hutchinson said Arkansas has more work to do on cases and on gating criteria. The number of emergency room visits are on a downward trend. 

The governor said if Arkansas gets to Phase One of President Trump’s guidelines, most things will still remain closed, and we still need to distance in social settings with less than 10 people. 

Gov. Hutchinson announced he really hopes to be moving into Phase One on May 4.

1:30 p.m.

In a press conference, Gov. Hutchinson confirmed 1,695 positive COVID-19 cases throughout the state. There are currently 93 hospitalizations.

Watch Thursday’s press conference here:

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

  • Arkansas County
  • Ashley County
  • Baxter County
  • Benton County
  • Boone County
  • Bradley County
  • Carroll County
  • Chicot County
  • Clark County
  • Clay County
  • Cleburne County
  • Cleveland County
  • Columbia County
  • Conway County 
  • Craighead County
  • Crawford County
  • Crittenden County
  • Cross County
  • Dallas County
  • Desha County
  • Drew County
  • Faulkner County
  • Franklin County
  • Garland County
  • Grant County
  • Greene County
  • Hempstead County
  • Hot Spring County
  • Howard County
  • Independence County
  • Izard County
  • Jackson County 
  • Jefferson County
  • Johnson County
  • Lafayette County
  • Lawrence County
  • Lee County
  • Lincoln County
  • Logan County
  • Lonoke County
  • Madison County
  • Miller County
  • Mississippi County
  • Monroe County
  • Nevada County
  • Newton County
  • Ouachita County
  • Perry County
  • Phillips County
  • Pike County
  • Poinsett County
  • Polk County
  • Pope County
  • Prairie County
  • Pulaski County
  • Randolph County
  • Saline County
  • Scott County
  • Searcy County
  • Sebastian County
  • Sevier County
  • Sharp County
  • St. Francis County
  • Stone County
  • Union County
  • Van Buren County
  • Washington County
  • White County
  • Woodruff County
  • Yell County

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

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