Coronavirus updates: 615 new cases in Arkansas, 27 new deaths

Arkansas has reported a total of 62,112 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began on March 11th.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Last Wednesday, FEMA’s grant funding will allow Arkansas to provide $300 per week, on top of their regular unemployment benefit, to those unemployed due to COVID-19.

Arkansas on Thursday reported at least 411 students, teachers and staff at public schools are actively infected with the coronavirus as the state’s new cases continued rising.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson urged people to set the right example and to wear a mask after being asked about Attorney General Leslie Rutledge posting photos of not wearing a mask or social distancing at a Republic National Convention event at the White House.

Key facts to know:

  • 62,112 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas 
  • 5,036 active cases
  • 841 reported deaths
  • 435 hospitalizations
  • 85 on ventilators
  • 55,647 recoveries

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

Wednesday, September 2

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

  • Washington 67
  • Pulaski 62
  • Benton 60
  • Craighead 49
  • Garland 26
  • Saline 21
  • Mississippi 20

Dr. Romero said universities are seeing more COVID-19 cases on campuses across the state. 

“We want to remind you that you can control this,” Dr. Romero said. “Use masks, social distancing, avoid large crowds and parties. Keep in mind the social responsibility you have to the entire society.”

There are 615 new coronavirus cases in Arkansas and 27 more deaths. This is the highest one-day death reports to date. Of the 27 deaths, 13 were delayed reportings. Five were from nursing homes.

There was a 12-person increase in hospitalizations.

Gov. Hutchinson reported 4,773 people were tested over the last 24 hours. 

____________

Tuesday, September 1

Proportion of COVID-19 deaths with other causes and contributing factors vs. COVID-19 in Arkansas, as reported by death certificates: 

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

  • Pulaski 44
  • Benton 29
  • Sebastian 24
  • Washington 21

Dr. Romero reiterated that there is no charge or fee for COVID-19 testing. It is open to public.

There are 273 new coronavirus cases in Arkansas and 17 more deaths. This is the first time Arkansas has seen the number of new daily COVID-19 cases below 300 since June 15. Of the of 17 deaths, there were five from nursing homes, one from prison, but there was no clustering observed.

There was a 3-person increase in hospitalizations.

Gov. Hutchinson reported 3,530 people were tested over the last 24 hours. He said yesterday was really low testing and the state hasn’t seen testing that low since early July.

There is a 78.9 percent recovery rate in Arkansas, for people who go to the hospital with COVID-19.

Monday, August 31

The governor said 11,300 tests will be added into the system. 

“We believe all of these were negative tests,” he said. “A commercial lab was not reporting all of the negative tests to the department of health so those numbers will be corrected.”

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

  • Pulaski 50
  • Pope 41
  • Benton 30 
  • Garland 21  

Secretary Johnny Key said two districts have modified their learning plan. Cross County School District moved to virtual for high school and are using this day to work with ADH.

Searcy County School’s Marshall High School has also gone to virtual. Both changes were made because of staffing that must quarantine.

“This is a good example of how our Ready of Learning Plan is being implemented because they still have several grades still on campus,” Secretary Key said. 

There are 368 new coronavirus cases in Arkansas and 13 more deaths. Six deaths were delayed reporting. Two happened in nursing homes. There were no correctional facility deaths.

There was a 29-person increase in hospitalizations.

Gov. Hutchinson reported 4,542 people were tested over the last 24 hours.

“Testing is down a little bit because it’s a Monday after a weekend,” Gov. Hutchinson said, “but I hope it goes back up because the last three days were very strong.”