Coronavirus updates: 294 new positive cases in Arkansas, 9 more deaths

Arkansas has reported a total of 66,021 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began on March 11th.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Last Friday, Arkansas saw the highest number of new COVID-19 cases Arkansas has seen since the pandemic began. The state also completed the highest number of tests in one day with over 11,000.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told health officials at the Arkansas Department of Health to start getting ready for a COVID-19 vaccine by November

Dr. Jennifer Dillaha and the rest of the team at ADH were told this at the beginning of August. Nine vaccines are in phase three trials, which is the last step before approval. 

Key facts to know:

  • 66,021 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas 
  • 6,062 active cases
  • 917 reported deaths
  • 409 hospitalizations
  • 84 on ventilators
  • 59,216 recoveries

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

Tuesday, September 8

Gov. Hutchinson said the state is ready to send the $300 additional pandemic assistance, authorized by President Trump’s by executive order. 

“We’re ready to send it, one week at a time, because we’re unsure of the funding stream for it,” said Gov. Hutchinson.

The Arkansas unemployment claims are now 7.1 percent, as the state sees a drop. For seven weeks has now seen a drop. 

  • 83,000 on unemployment 
  • 41,000 on traditional
  • 42,000 on pandemic unemployment

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

  • Cross 30
    • There is a COVID-19 outbreak in a nursing home.
  • Washington 29
  • Pulaski 28

Arkansas is joining multi-state purchasing agreement led by Rockefeller Foundation and the Governor Association, in order to purchase larger volume of antigen tests. The Arkansas Department of Health worked with a procurement team to follow up and has received $4 million to purchase 120,000 antigen tests as result. The state will use the CARES Act funding that is already approved to provide this — no state funds.

There are 294 new coronavirus cases in Arkansas and 9 more deaths. One of the deaths is a delayed reporting from last month.

There was a 10-person increase in hospitalizations.

Gov. Hutchinson reported 5,154 people were tested over the last 24 hours.

Monday, September 7

Dunbar Middle School will be closed Tuesday, September 8, for onsite instruction after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

The university is reporting 923 active COVID-19 cases. Of those, 912 are students, two are graduate students, three are faculty and six are staff.

On Monday, the governor posted the new COVID-19 case numbers on Twitter. There are 350 new COVID-19 cases in Arkansas with 6,057 tests completed.

“We’ve seen improved case numbers this weekend with good testing numbers,” the governor said, “but the real report card will be the coming two weeks.”

Below are hospitalization numbers from Monday as reported to us by hospitals and as of 2 p.m. each day.

Current hospitalizations: 399

Total Beds: 9,111
Total Beds Available: 2,841

Total ICU Beds: 1,011

Total ICU Beds Available: 163

Total Vents: 1,056

Total Vents Available: 768

Total Covid patients in ICU: 189

Total Covid patients on vents: 74