Nearly 2,600 coronavirus cases in Arkansas, over 900 recoveries

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — As of Thursday, April 23, the Arkansas Department of Health has confirmed 2,599 positive COVID-19 cases throughout the state.

On Wednesday, Gov. Hutchinson said the state of Arkansas will be lifting restrictions on elective procedures effective Monday, April 27.

He also laid out a timeline of when decisions to open will be made leading up to May 4.

Key facts to know:

  • 2,599 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas 
  • 34,551 total tests
  • 31,952 negative test results
  • 45 reported deaths
  • 922 recoveries
  • All Arkansas schools are closed for the remainder of the school year

Watch Thursday’s press conference here:

Thursday, April 23

6:40 p.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health has updated the state’s COVID-19 numbers with 2,599 positive cases and 922 recoveries.

1:40 p.m.

Gov. Hutchinson announced a two-day campaign called the Arkansas Surge Campaign. If you have symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, “Don’t Wait, Get Tested.” The goal is to increase from 1,000 to 1,500 tests over the next two days.

Arkansas Health Secretary Dr Nate Smith breaks down the 2,465 positive COVID-19 cases:

  • 101 hospitalizations
  • 24 on ventilators 
  • 45 deaths 
  • 174 nursing home residents 
  • 902 recoveries 
  • 687 Cummins Prison inmates 
    • 35 staff 
  • 75 Forrest City Federal Correctional facility inmates

1:30 p.m.

In a press conference, Gov. Hutchinson confirmed 2,465 positive COVID-19 cases throughout the state. There has been an increase of 189 new positive cases within the last 24 hours. Out of the new cases, 122 are in the Cummins Prison. 

Gov. Hutchinson shared recommendations from his testing advisory board in Arkansas: 

  1. Expand COVID-19 testing for patients with symptoms and history of exposure 
  2. Expand testing for contact investigations 
  3. Screen for COVID-19 high risk settings
  4. Develop antibody testing

9 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health has confirmed 2,438 positive COVID-19 cases throughout the state

Wednesday, April 22

7:30 p.m.:
The Arkansas Department of Health updated the COVID-19 numbers throughout the state, with almost a 120 case jump in less than a day.

1:40 p.m.

Gov. Hutchinson said the state of Arkansas will be lifting restrictions on elective procedures effective Monday, April 27. He said Monday, May 4 is still the target date to lift some restrictions in the state.  

The governor laid out a timeline of when decisions to open will be made leading up to May 4. This does not mean the decision will be yes, but a decision will be made on these dates: 

  • April 29 on restaurants 
  • April 30 on gyms 
  • May 1 on beauty salons/barber shops 
  • May 4 places of worship/large venues

Watch Wednesday’s press conference here: 

Dr. Nate Smith provides breakdown of 2,276 positive cases: 

  • 1,371 active
  • 13 from Cummins Unit
  • 97 hospitalized 
  • 23 on ventilators 
  • 42 deaths (one was reclassified as Missouri resident) 
  • 262 healthcare workers
    • 148 recovered healthcare workers

1:30 p.m.

During a press conference, Gov. Hutchinson confirmed 2,276 positive coronavirus cases in Arkansas. In the last 24 hours, there have been 49 new , COVID-19 cases, 13 of which are from the Cummins Prison.

He also said there are 97 hospitalizations, and the number of deaths decreased from 43 to 42, as a Missouri resident was counted yesterday .

Watch Tuesday’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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