Coronavirus updates: 416 new COVID-19 cases in Arkansas, over 12,900 total

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — According to the Arkansas Department of Health, there are 416 new COVID-19 cases in the state within the last 24 hours, totaling 12,917 total positive coronavirus cases in Arkansas.

Monday, June 15 marks the beginning of Phase II in Arkansas. Restaurants and businesses will be allowed to fill up to two-thirds of their capacity, moving from the one-third capacity that was allowed during Phase 1.

On Friday, the governor announced 731 new cases, revealing the largest spike in COVID-19 cases Arkansas has seen since the start of the pandemic.

Key facts to know:

  • 12,917 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas
  • 4,383 active cases
  • 182 reported deaths 
  • 206 hospitalizations
  • 45 on ventilators
  • 8,352 recoveries

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

Monday, June 15

1:50 p.m.

Dr. Jose Romero, Section Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, ADH & UAMS, breaks down the 12,917 COVID-19 cases:

The number of active COVID-19 cases has reached 4,383.

New COVID-19 cases in the top counties from last 24 hours:

  • Washington County – 126
  • Benton County – 53
  • Pope County – 25
  • Sevier County – 20
  • Pulaski County – 15

1:40 p.m.

During the daily press conference, Gov. Hutchinson announced 416 new cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas. There are 12,917 total positive coronavirus cases in Arkansas.

Out of the total number of COVD-19 recoveries in the state has reached 8,352.

There were three additional new deaths, bringing the total to 182.  Arkansas saw 5-person increase in hospitalizations, bringing the total up to 206.

There have been over 68,000 COVID-19 tests completed in the month of June.

The governor said he expects the COVID-19 cases to go up over the next week in the state.

Graph 6/15

Graph 6/15

Data Source: Arkansas Department of Health

Watch Monday’s press conference here: 

1:30 p.m.

Gov. Hutchinson announced Walmart donated 7,000 masks in northwest Arkansas. He said 3,000 masks will go to hospitals, and 4,000 will go to community centers. 

He also announced there will be no special session in Arkansas; instead, the governor will issue executive orders related to “immunity liability” for businesses; fear of litigation should be minimized as long as businesses are taking precautions.

State Sen. Jim Hendren said, “You make a good faith effort to comply with “CDC guidelines” as a business to protect consumers, and you will receive immunity. It doesn’t apply to bad actors in Arkansas.”

The immunity starts today, June 15 and ends when emergency order ends.

Executive order

Executive order

Gov. Asa Hutchinson

Executive order

Executive order

Gov. Asa Hutchinson

Executive order

Executive order

Gov. Asa Hutchinson

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Watch Friday’s press conference here: 

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