Coronavirus updates: 676 new cases in Arkansas, over 1,000 total deaths

Arkansas has reported a total of 70,125 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began on March 11th.

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Last Friday, Arkansas saw the highest number of new COVID-19 cases Arkansas has seen since the pandemic began. The state also topped 60,000 in recoveries on Thursday, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

Gov. Hutchinson said the state is ready to send the $300 additional pandemic assistance, authorized by President Trump’s by executive order. The Arkansas unemployment claims are now 7.1 percent, as the state sees a drop. For seven weeks has now seen a drop. 

The governor also announced that there will be the no more daily COVID-19 press conference updates. It will then switch to a weekly update. 

Key facts to know:

  • 70,125 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas
  • 1,232 probable cases
  • 5,719 active cases
  • 1,003 reported deaths
  • 139 probable deaths
  • 389 hospitalizations
  • 68 on ventilators
  • 63,415 recoveries

Watch the weekly 1:30 p.m. press conference here:

Tuesday, September 15

 1:50 p.m.

Gov. Hutchinson reported 676 new coronavirus cases in Arkansas, hospitalizations are up 11 and 17 more people have died.

That brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 1,003 in Arkansas.

Hutchinson also announced that the state will be added 139 new deaths which will be considered “probable” COVID-19 deaths. These deaths will be counted as a separate data point from the confirmed deaths, according to state officials.

Monday, September 14

Governor Asa Hutchinson reported 399 new cases in Arkansas and 10 more deaths.

A total of 6,225 PCR tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

The Arkansas Department of Health also reported 21 positive antigen tests with 586 tests coming back negative.

Currently, 2,779 people have had a positive antigen test, which accounts for a 15% positvity rate.

Antigen tests are not included into the number of confirmed cases and are considered probable cases.

Below are today’s statewide hospitalization numbers as given to us by hospitals and as of 2 p.m.

  • Current Hospitalizations: 378
  • Total Beds: 9,088
  • Total Beds Available: 2,630
  • Total ICU Beds: 1,002
  • Total ICU Beds Available: 161
  • Total Vents: 1,057
  • Total Vents Available: 717
  • Total Covid patients in ICU: 181
  • Total Covid patients on vents: 76

We will update this article with more information as it becomes available.