Real-time update: Almost 3,700 positive coronavirus cases in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark — As of Thursday, May 7, the Arkansas Department of Health has confirmed a total of 3,694 positive cases.

On Wednesday, April 29, 2,520 COVID-19 tests were performed in Arkansas, with a 1.5% positivity rate. This is the highest number of tests run in one day in the state since March 11.

On Friday, Gov. Hutchinson announced a plan to reopen hair salons and barbershops. We learned on Thursday that gyms will be able to open up starting on Monday, May 4, followed by restaurants the following Monday, May 11.

Key facts to know:

  • 3,694 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas
  • 63,994 total tests
  • 60,300 negative test results
  • 88 reported deaths
  • 70 currently hospitalized
  • 2,867 recoveries
  • All Arkansas schools are closed for the remainder of the school year

Watch Thursday’s 1:30 p.m. press conference:

Thursday, May 7

6:30 p.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health updated its COVID-19 numbers, confirming a total of 3,694 confirmed cases in the state.

1:30 p.m.

Governor Asa Hutchinson confirms Arkansas is up 97 cases since his press conference on Wednesday, bringing the total to 3,665. Thirty of those cases are in correctional facilities. There are 70 currently hospitalized. Three more have died from COVID-19 since Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 88.

The governor said that if Arkansas does not have a resurgence within the next 14 days, we will be able to enter Phase 2 of reopening the state.

Hutchinson announced Arkansas casinos will be able to reopen at one-third capacity on May 18 with stringent social distancing requirements in place.

“To hear some people talk, it seems like they think you have to choose between saving lives or saving the economy,” said Dr. Nate Smith with the Arkansas Department of Health. “I want to say that really is a false choice because, here in Arkansas, we’re doing both.”

Wednesday, May 6

8 p.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health has updated the state-wide COVID-19 numbers, confirming a total of 3,611 positive cases throughout the state, which is a 48 case jump since this afternoon’s press briefing.

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

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