Coronavirus updates: 1,072 new total cases in Arkansas, 19 deaths

The Arkansas Department of Health has reported a total of 1,072 new COVID-19 cases and 19 new deaths from the virus since yesterday.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A new record high of Arkansans in the hospital with COVID-19 was reported on Tuesday, Oct. 20 with 637 total

Arkansas also reported over 1,800 total deaths from COVID-19 since the first reported case in March. 

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.

Key facts to know:

  • 101,588 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas
  • 8,124 probable cases
  • 7,672 active cases
  • 1,794 active probable cases
  • 1,732 reported deaths
  • 162 probable deaths
  • 666 hospitalizations 
  • 100 on ventilators
  • 92,172 confirmed recoveries
  • 6,168 probable recoveries

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Thursday, Oct. 29

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 1,072 new COVID-19 cases and 19 new deaths from the virus since yesterday.

Out of the 1,072 new cases, 837 were confirmed and 235 were probable. Out of the 19 new deaths, one was probable and the rest were confirmed.

 There are 666 hospitalized, which is up 4 from Wednesday and 100 on ventilators, which is up 1 from Wednesday.


The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement said that the amount of school districts in the red zone for new COVID-19 infections dropped from 42 to 40.

Twelve districts were added to the list while 28 remained on the list.

ACHI found that two northeast Arkansas districts, Mammoth Spring and Marked Tree, had 100 or more new known cases per 100,000 district residents over a 14-day period. A total of five districts in the northeast section of the state were at that level a week ago.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has reported a total of 961 new COVID-19 cases and 18 new deaths from the virus since yesterday.

Yesterday, the state saw a record-high number of hospitalizations at 637. That number has gone down in the last day, now totaling at 662.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

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

  • Pulaski 146
  • Washington 77
  • Benton 77
  • Craighead 77

Dr. Romero said hospitalizations are increasing and they think that represents the increase seen in older people. 

“Please be very careful at upcoming holiday,” Dr. Romero said. “Really consider whether you’re going to be with your older or elderly relatives.”

Gov. Hutchinson said testing is at record levels in Arkansas. 

“We’ve improved treatments and we have more engaged Arkansans across the board,” the governor said.

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 952 new coronavirus cases in the state over the last 24 hours.

Of those 952 cases, 651 were confirmed cases and 301 were probable cases.

There have been 20 more deaths from the virus in Arkansas. Of those 20 deaths, 16 were in nursing homes.

A total of 7,000 PCR tests and 1,795 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

Hospitalizations rose by 27 to set a new record of 676 people hospitalized due to COVID-19.

Monday, Oct. 26

The Arkansas Department of Health has reported a total of 612 new COVID-19 cases and 21 new deaths from the virus since yesterday.

Both the amount of Arkansans on a ventilator after being infected by the virus as well as deaths from COVID have gone up in the past 24 hours.


Sunday, Oct. 25

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

Current hospitalizations: 633

Total Beds: 9,120

Total Beds Available: 2,449

Total ICU Beds: 1,054

Total ICU Beds Available: 104

Total Vents: 1,062

Total Vents Available: 721

Total Covid patients in ICU: 253

Total Covid patients on vents: 95

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