Coronavirus updates: 486 new cases in Arkansas, 12 more deaths

Arkansas has reported a total of 74,772 confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began on March 11th.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On Tuesday, the state of Arkansas reached over 1,000 total deaths due to the coronavirus.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences recently conducted three studies over COVID-19 in Arkansas. The SEIR model shows a prediction of more than 2,000 COVID-19 deaths in Arkansas by October 31.

Arkansas also set a record on Friday for antigen COVID-19 testing. The state had over 11,000 tests with both PCR tests and antigen tests.

Key facts to know:

  • 74,772 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas
  • 2,078 probable cases
  • 6,188 active cases
  • 407 active probable cases
  • 1,060 reported deaths
  • 149 probable deaths
  • 459 hospitalizations
  • 88 on ventilators
  • 67,519 recoveries

Watch weekly press conference here: 

Tuesday, September 22

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

  • Pulaski 80
  • Benton 55
  • Craighead 30 
  • Sebastian 28
  • Washington 26

Arkansas has also seen 2,209 probable cases.

Gov. Hutchinson gives comments and suggestions on Arkansas’s COVID-19 winter strategy:

  • Needs more Arkansans to get a flu shot
  • Perform one million COVID-19 tests by October 20 (Current testing is at 897,000)
  • Increase consistency of state contact tracing
  • Emphasize continued wearing of masks and social distancing
  • Do not grow weary

Gov. Hutchinson reported 486 new coronavirus cases in Arkansas, hospitalizations are up 12 and 12 more people have died.

That brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 1,060 in Arkansas.

A total of 6,810 PCR tests were completed over the last 24 hours. The Arkansas Department of Health also reported 112 positive antigen tests out of 651.

There have been 163,704 PCR tests and 13,863 antigen tests so far this month.

On Monday, Arkansas reported over 3,600 students, teachers and staff at public schools are infected with the coronavirus as the state’s new cases continued rising.

Reports show that the highest number of COVID-19 cases in public schools come from Springdale and Fort Smith School Districts in northwest Arkansas.

___________

Monday, September 21

The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 596 new coronavirus cases in the state and 15 more deaths. A total of 7,657 PCR tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

A total of 45 new probable cases were added to the dashboard as well as one probable death.

The amount of people on ventilators increased by 12 to 97 while hospitalizations increased by 35 to 447.

In a statement, Gov. Hutchinson said that the health department “continues to do outstanding work in identifying and tracing COVID-19 cases across the state.”

Below are the hospitalization numbers from this weekend as reported to us by hospitals and as of 2 p.m. Sunday.

  • Current hospitalizations: 412
  • Total Beds: 9,088
  • Total Beds Available: 2,746
  • Total ICU Beds: 1,002
  • Total ICU Beds Available: 168
  • Total Vents: 1,057
  • Total Vents Available: 718
  • Total Covid patients in ICU: 218
  • Total Covid patients on vents: 86

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