Coronavirus updates: Arkansas reports 1,183 new COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths

The Arkansas Department of Health confirmed 874 new positive coronavirus cases in the state and 309 probable cases.

ARKANSAS, USA — A new record high of Arkansans in the hospital with COVID-19 was reported on Tuesday with 637 total.

Before Tuesday, the state saw its highest amount of COVID-19 hospitalizations on October 19 with 613 people in a hospital, which then rose to 637 on October 20.

Key facts to know:

  • 98,213 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas
  • 7,105 probable cases
  • 7,912 active cases
  • 1,623 active probable cases
  • 1,640 reported deaths
  • 157 probable deaths
  • 619 hospitalizations 
  • 97 on ventilators
  • 88,652 confirmed recoveries
  • 5,325 probable recoveries

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Saturday, October 24

Arkansas State Representative Charlene Fite announced she has tested positive for COVID-19. She is the sixth Arkansas lawmaker to test positive for the virus in the most recent outbreak.

The Arkansas Department of Health has reported 1,183 total positive coronavirus cases, which includes 874 confirmed cases and 309 probable cases.

There have also been 1,640 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the state since the first reported case in March.

Friday, October 23

The Arkansas Department of Health has reported 1,337 total positive coronavirus cases, which includes 1,047 confirmed cases and 290 probable cases.

Thursday, October 22

The Arkansas Department of Health has reported 1,202 total positive coronavirus cases, which includes 893 confirmed cases and 309 probable cases.

There have also been 1,616 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the state since the first reported case in March.

Wednesday, October 21

The Arkansas Department of Health confirmed 1,155 new positive coronavirus cases in the state.

Of those, 981 were confirmed and 174 were probable cases.

Twenty-three more people have died from the virus in Arkansas.

A total of 8,674 PCR tests and 1,368 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

There are 636 hospitalizations.

A House spokesperson confirmed Representative Joe Cloud has also tested positive for COVID-19. He is the fifth Arkansas lawmaker to test positive within two days.

Arkansas Senator Missy Irvin announced she has tested positive for COVID-19. 

State Representatives Michelle Gray and Stu Smith announced the previous day they had tested positive for the virus, as well as Senator Terry Price.

Tuesday, October 20th

Dr. Romero provides breakdown of new COVID-19 cases by county:

  • Pulaski 62
  • Washington 39
  • Benton 38
  • Craighead 32
  • Crittenden 25
  • Crawford 21
  • Greene 20

Dr. Romero said the numbers indicate that people are not following the mask mandate.

“It’s essential that you follow mask mandate and wash your hands and stay five ft apart,” he said.

The unemployment rate in Arkansas declined from 7.4% in August to 7.3% in September, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 840 new coronavirus cases in the state over the last 24 hours.

Of those 840 cases, 628 were confirmed cases and 216 were probable cases.

There have been 14 more deaths from the virus in Arkansas.

A total of 5,439 PCR tests and 2,429 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

Hospitalizations rose by 24 to set a new record of 637 people hospitalized due to COVID-19.

According to Arkansas Senate Information Officer John Reed, one Senate member and two House members have tested positive for COVID-19. No names are being released at this time.

All meetings scheduled for this week have been cancelled. 

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Monday, October 19th

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 531 new coronavirus cases in the state over the last 24 hours.

Of those 531 cases, 434 were confirmed cases and 97 were probable cases.

Ten more people have died from the virus in Arkansas.

A total of 8,918 PCR tests and 803 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

Hospitalizations rose by 41 to set a new record of 613 people hospitalized due to COVID-19.

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