Coronavirus updates: 261 new COVID-19 cases in Arkansas, over 6,500 total

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — As of Thursday, May 28, Arkansas officials reported 261 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 6,538 positive cases in the state. This is the largest increase in community cases in a 24 hour period in the state.

Gov. Hutchinson announced Dr. Nate Smith, Arkansas’ Secretary of Health, has taken a new position with the CDC in Atlanta.

The Arkansas Department of Health will host a series of drive-thru COVID-19 testing events at locations across the state, beginning Friday, May 29.

There will be no out-of-pocket cost for the tests, and tests will be offered to anyone who wants to be tested, regardless of whether they have symptoms. Insurance is not required.

The schedule:

  • Friday, May 29, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Dardanelle – Yell County Health Unit, 719 N. 5th St.
  • Saturday, May 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • West Memphis – Lehr Arena, 501 W. Broadway
    • Pine Bluff – UAPB, Simmons Bank Field, 1200 N. University Dr.
    • DeQueen – Fire Department, 220 North 2nd St.
  • Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Jonesboro – Craighead County Health Unit, 611 E. Washington Ave.
    • Wrightsville – City Hall, 13024 Arkansas 365-South
    • El Dorado – Union County Fairgrounds, 1430 E. 19th St.

Tests are also available at Local Health Units across the state. Patients are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance at those facilities. Details on units that are open and offering tests can be found by clicking here.

Key facts to know:

  • 6,538 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas
  • 1,830 active cases
  • 125 reported deaths
  • 108 hospitalizations
  • 4,583 recoveries

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

Thursday, May 28

1:40 p.m.

Dr. Nate Smith breaks down the 6,538 COVID-19 cases:

  • 261 new cases
  • 1,830 active cases
    • 71 nursing home
    • 374 in prisons
    • 1,385 community cases (active) 
  • 27 on ventilators
  • 104 hospitalizations
  • 4,583  recoveries

Dr. Nate Smith said this 2nd wave of COVID-19 cases in Arkansas is seeing an increase in northwest Arkansas. Smith also said there’s been a rapid increase in cases among the state’s Latino communities. 

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

1:30 p.m.

During a press conference, Gov. Hutchinson confirmed there are 261 new positive coronavirus cases in Arkansas. The total number of coronvairus cases in Arkansas has now reached at 6,538.

This is the largest increase in community cases in a 24 hour period in the state of Arkansas.

There were 5 additional deaths and 104 people are currently hospitalized. 

graph 5/28

graph 5/28

Data Source: Arkansas Department of Health

New COVID-19 cases by county from last 24 hours:

  • Benton County – 85
  • Washington – 25
  • Pulaski County – 22
  • Crittenden County – 17
  • Craighead County -12
  • Sevier County – 11

Arkansas completed 2,966 COVID-19 tests in last 24 hours, with a 3.9% positivity rate. The national positivity rate is currently 10%. Gov. Hutchinson said the positivity rate is still very good even though the number of cases go up.

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Wednesday, May 27

Dr. Nate Smith breaks down the 6,277 COVID-19 cases:

  • 97 new cases
    • 95 community cases
    • 2 in correctional facility 
  • 1,733 active cases
    • 68 nursing home
    • 466 in prisons
    • 1,199 community cases (active) 
  • 22 on ventilators
  • 108 hospitalizations
  • 4,424 recoveries

Arkansas has tested over 117,000 people for COVID-19 since March 11.

1:30 p.m.

During a press conference, Gov. Hutchinson confirmed there are 97 new positive coronavirus cases in Arkansas. The total number of coronvairus cases in Arkansas has now reached at 6,277.

There was 1 additional death and 108 people are currently hospitalized.

Arkansas completed 4,033 COVID-19 tests in last 24 hours, with a 1.9% positivity rate.

graph 5/27

graph 5/27

Data Source: Arkansas Department of Health

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

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Tuesday, May 26

1:50 p.m.

Gov. Hutchinson announced Dr. Nate Smith, Arkansas’ Secretary of Health, has taken a new position with the CDC in Atlanta, but he will continue to work with the state until August 28. 

1:40 p.m.

Dr. Nate Smith breaks down the 6,180 COVID-19 cases:

  • 151 new cases
    • 150 community cases
    • 1 in correctional facility 
  • 1,729 active cases
    • 72 nursing home
    • 466 in prisons
    • 1191 community cases (active) 
  • 18 on ventilators
  • 107 hospitalizations

New COVID-19 cases by county from last 24 hours:

  • 29 in Washington County
  • 17 in Sevier County
  • 16 in Benton County
  • 13 in St. Francis County

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

COVID-19 cases broken down by race:

  • 50.7% White
  • 37.1% African American
  • 10.2% Hispanic

COVID-19 cases broken down by age:

  • 39% Ages 25-44
  • 14.3% Ages 65 or older
  • 74% of deaths are ages 65 or older

1:30 p.m.

During a press conference, Gov. Hutchinson confirmed there are 151 new positive coronavirus cases in Arkansas. The total number of coronvairus cases in Arkansas has now reached at 6,180.

There were 2 more deaths and 107 people are currently hospitalized.

Over the holiday weekend, Arkansas surpassed the original goal of 60,000 tests for month of May. Arkansas reached 61,000 total tests. There were 2,984 tests given in the last 24 hours, with a 3.3% positivity rate.

May 26 data

May 26 data

Data source: Arkansas Department of Health

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