54 new positive coronavirus cases in Arkansas, bar-restaurants allowed to reopen

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — As of Monday, May 18 Arkansas officials announced 54 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 4,813 positive cases in the state.

Governor Hutchinson announced on Saturday an investigation is being conducted after an applicant illegally accessed the unemployment system. He was notified Friday night and the system was shut down immediately in order to prevent a data breach.

As of Monday, May 18 all retail stores in Arkansas are open for business, except bars.

Key facts to know:

  • 4,813 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas
  • 85,185 total tests
  • 80,426 negative test results
  • 100 reported deaths
  • 3,645 recoveries

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

Monday, May 18

1:40 p.m.

Gov. Hutchinson announces bars that are associated and in restaurant facilities can be opened effective May 19. Free standing bars can be opened May 26. 



Data source: Arkansas Department of Health

Arkansas Department of Health

Dr. Nate Smith breaks down the 4,813 COVID-19 cases in Arkansas:

  • 54 new positive cases 
  • 100 deaths 
  • 1,068 active cases
  • 3,645 recoveries 
  • 77 hospitalizations
  • 12 on ventilators  

1:30 p.m.

During a press conference at the Forrest City Civic Center, Gov. Hutchinson announced 54 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 4,813 positive cases in the state.

There were two additional deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 100.

9:20 a.m.

Last week, Gov. Hutchinson said it is not an encouraging sign for quick movement into the second phase of reopening the state after officials have seen large increase of positive cases over the past several days.

“When you see two days of increase in patients and two days of increase in hospitalization, that’ll cause you to pause and make sure to remind everyone to be careful,” he said.

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