Coronavirus updates: 729 new cases in Arkansas, 12 new deaths

Arkansas has reported a total of 54,216 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began on March 11th.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — As the state is less than one week away from school starting, Governor Asa Hutchinson said we must do our part to bring new cases down and slow the spread. “Students need school, so let’s make sure we do everything we can to help,” he said.  

On Tuesday, August 11, the state reported 383 positive cases and 4,140 total tested over a 24-hour period. This one of the lowest number of positive cases the state has seen in nearly two months.

Key facts to know:

  • 54,216 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas 
  • 5,919 active cases
  • 631 reported deaths
  • 499 hospitalizations
  • 114 on ventilators
  • 47,666 recoveries

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

Wednesday, August 19

Below are the daily statewide hospitalization numbers as given to us by hospitals as of 2 p.m. today.

  • Current hospitalizations: 499
  • Total Beds: 9,111
  • Total Beds Available: 2,480
  • Total ICU Beds: 1,011
  •  Total ICU Beds Available: 128
  • Total Vents: 1,052
  • Total Vents Available: 692
  • Total COVID patients in ICU: 237
  • Total COVID patients on vents: 114 

Dr. Jose Romero broke down the new COVID-19 cases by county:

  • Pulaski 65
  • Jefferson 56 
  • Sebastian 52
  • Craighead 33 
  • Washington 32 
  • Pope 30
  • Benton 29
  • Mississippi 25 
  • Garland at 25 
  • Johnson 22

Gov. Hutchinson started the daily press conference and announced Arkansas will be submitting its application to FEMA for $300 enhanced unemployment benefits. It was approved by the legislature yesterday. 

The governor also commented on the UAMS forecasting model. 

“As a policy maker, I want all the data that I can give,” Gov. Hutchinson said. “There are always bits and pieces that are helpful to me as a policy maker. In regards to infections, there will be no data that we can have in the future that shows whether modeling is right or wrong, which means you can’t measure the true accuracy of the model. But, the hospitalizations is concrete so that is helpful. The June 12 model had our peak Sept. 30, then it was modified to be in November and most recent modeling is in Decemeber. This is good news because we’re flattening our cases.”

RELATED: UAMS projects new COVID-19 cases would decrease if schools open with online classes

There are 729 new coronavirus cases in Arkansas and 12 more deaths.

Gov. Hutchinson reported 4,675 people were tested over the last 24 hours.

Hospitalizations are up seven.

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Tuesday, August 18

In a forecasting model published by UAMS, Arkansas will have about 58,000 cumulative cases by August 24 and made a point that COVID-19 has a disproportionate impact on Black and Hispanic communities.

“The number of new daily COVID-19 cases has increased in all age groups over time and the models used to forecast cases by age indicate cases will continue to increase in all age groups in the next two weeks,” the report summarized.

To view the full report, click here.

Below are the daily statewide hospitalization numbers as reported to us by hospitals and as of 2 p.m. today.

  • Current hospitalizations: 492
  • Total Beds: 9,111
  • Total Available Beds: 2,517
  • Total ICU Beds: 1,011
  • Total ICU Beds Available: 119
  • Total Vents: 1,052
  • Total Vents Available: 709
  • Total COVID patients in ICU: 242
  • Total COVID patients on vents: 120

Dr. Dillaha said of the 410 new cases, 85 were in prison facilities and 325 in the community.

There are 5,898 active cases in the state.

“When someone is infected, it can take 14 days to become ill,” Dr. Dillaha said. “But, the average is 4-5 days. After a person has developed symptoms, it takes about 10 days to clear the virus. It’s important that people with symptoms get isolated as quickly as possible to stop the spread. “

Gov. Hutchinson announced that City of Earle has received $1.8 million grant to work with Comcast to expand rural and hard to reach areas. The state put put $24 million into these grants and are putting another $100 billion into this.

There are 410 new coronavirus cases in Arkansas and 16 more deaths.

Gov. Hutchinson reported 4,675 people were tested over the last 24 hours.

Hospitalizations are up 16.

The top counties with the highest of amount of new COVID-19 cases are Sebastian County with 44, Pulaski County with 40, and Washington County with 29.

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Monday, August 17

In regards to reports of teachers in the Little Rock School District protesting the reopening of on-site instruction, Hutchinson said he was “disappointed” that the teachers union is pushing teachers to not show up.

He said it wouldn’t be helpful for the students.

RELATED: LREA releases call to action, urges virtual learning only

Dr. Jose Romero said of the 412 new cases, 12 were in prison facilities and 400 in the community.

There are 6,341 active cases in the state. Thirty-eight are in nursing homes, 994 in prisons, and 5,309 in the community.

Romero said that transmission of the virus is now mostly through community spread and urged people that are gathering to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Below are the daily statewide hospitalization numbers as reported to us by hospitals and as of 2 p.m.: 

  • Current hospitalizations: 486
  • Total Beds: 9,111
  • Total Beds Available: 2,729
  • Total ICU Beds: 1,011
  • Total ICU Beds Available: 157
  • Total Vents: 1,051
  • Total Vents Available: 687
  • Total Covid patients in ICU: 244
  • Total Covid patients on vents: 120

There are 412 new coronavirus cases in Arkansas and four more deaths.

Gov. Hutchinson reported 4,093 people were tested over the last 24 hours.

Hospitalizations are up eight.

The University of Arkansas released its plans for game day during the coronavirus pandemic. Some guidelines include guests and employees wearing face coverings, no tailgating and a reduced capacity at the stadium.