Coronavirus updates: 595 new cases, 10 more deaths in Arkansas

Arkansas has seen a total of 16,678 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. There have been a total of 3,060 new cases during Phase 2.

In the first week of Phase Two, Arkansas saw a total of 3,060 new coronavirus cases.

In the second phase, restaurants and businesses are allowed to fill up to two-thirds capacity and Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that nursing home visitations will continue on July 1.

Hutchinson has also issued a new guidance on face masks in the state, but has yet to make it a requirement to wear them in public settings.

Key facts to know:

  • 16,678 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas
  • 5,063 active cases
  • 237 reported deaths 
  • 248 hospitalizations
  • 61 on ventilators
  • 10,793 recoveries


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

Tuesday, June 23

Dr. Nate Smith provided a breakdown of the cases in the state:

  • 595 new cases
    • 212 in prisons
    • 383 in community
  • 5,2021 active cases
    • 779 in prisons
    • 103 in nursing homes
    • 4339 in community
  • 248 hospitalizations
  • 57 ventilators
  • 237 deaths
  • 11,220 recoveries

Correctional Facility breakdown:

  • Benton County Jail: 188 cases, 13 staff
  • Ouachita County Jail (in Malvern): 128 cases

During a press conference in Mountain Home, Gov. Hutchinson announced 595 new cases, which brings the known total to 16,678. Ten more deaths were announced, bringing the total to 237.

There was an 11-person increase in hospitalizations, bringing the total to a new high of 248.

There were 5,344 COVID-19 tests completed in the last 24 hours.

Monday, June 22

Over the past 24 hours, the three counties leading with new cases are Washington, Benton and Hot Spring counties.

Dr. Nate Smith provided an age breakdown of the active cases in the state:

  • Under 18 – 13%
  • 18-24 – 14%
  • 25-44 – 37%
  • 44-64 – 26%
  • 65+ – 10%

In response to President Donald Trump’s comments about slowing down testing, Hutchinson called the comment “flippant” and said Arkansas officials were not going to back off on testing.

The governor said he remains focused on increasing testing in the state and the national policy is to expand testing.

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

Arkansas officials have announced 522 new cases, which brings the known total to 16,083. Two more deaths were announced, bringing the total to 227.

There are currently:

  • 5,063 active cases
  • 237 hospitalizations
  • 61 on ventilators
  • 10,793 total recoveries

Gov. Hutchinson showed a graph that said Arkansas had a total of 2,552 bed available in hospitals, which is about 28% of the total beds in the state.

Hutchinson also showed that around 65% ventilators in the state are available.

Sunday, June 21

The Arkansas Department of Health updated its website to include 419 new COVID-19 cases in the state.

That brings the total in Arkansas to 15,561 known positive cases.

One new death was announced, bringing the total to 225.

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