Arkansas reports 1,293 new COVID-19 cases, 23 more deaths

The Arkansas Department of Health has reported a total of 1,293 new COVID-19 cases and 23 new deaths from the virus since yesterday.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A new record high of Arkansans who have died from coronavirus complications was reported on Sunday, Nov. 1, with 33 deaths within a 24-hour period.

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.

Key facts to know:

  • 106,137 confirmed cases
  • 9,675 probable cases
  • 7,837 active cases
  • 2,173 active probable cases
  • 1,854 confirmed deaths
  • 172 probable deaths
  • 642 hospitalizations 
  • 111 on ventilators
  • 96,433 confirmed recoveries
  • 7,329 probable recoveries

Watch Gov. Hutchinson’s weekly COVID-19 update:

Wednesday, Nov. 4

The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 1,293 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 914 being confirmed cases and 379 being probable cases.

The state also reported 23 more deaths.

A total of 10,010 active cases and 642 current hospitalizations was reported.

Gov. Hutchinson said this amount of new cases is an increase compared to a week ago and that we should “work to break the cycle of really high numbers in the middle of the week.”

“If we continue on this trend, our hospitals will be challenged,” Hutchinson said. “Each one of us must do our part to help our community and state overcome this virus.”

Tuesday, Nov. 3

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

  • Benton 96
  • Washington 77
  • Pulaski 66
  • Craighead 38
  • Sebastian 37
  • Saline 34
  • Greene 31
  • Faulkner 28
  • Miller 24
  • Mississippi 24
  • White 23 
  • Crawford 22

“I want people to take this disease seriously this holiday,” Dr. Romero said. “The issue is family gatherings. We need to think seriously whether it’s advisable to bring 20-30 members into a home, especially if you’re traveling. Please think seriously about traveling out of state. We can’t mandate anything but I want to bring it to your attention. We recommend immediate family only and 10 or less people.”

Gov. Hutchinson touched on Arkansas’s “Winter’s strategy.” 

“When it comes to a strategy for fighting COVID-19, it’s not complicated,” the governor said. “It’s more about understanding and following through. We want to enter a ‘layered’ strategy.”

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 878 new coronavirus cases in the state over the last 24 hours.

Of those 878 cases, 520 were confirmed cases and 358 were probable cases.

There have been 18 more deaths from the virus in Arkansas.

A total of 6,410 PCR tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

Hospitalizations declined by 21 and brought the total to 667. 

  • 10% of occupied beds are COVID-19
  • 20% of ICU beds are COVID-19
  • 31% of ventilators are in use by COVID-19 patients

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Monday, Nov. 2

The Arkansas Department of Health has reported a total of 688 people in the hospital with coronavirus, which is a record since the virus was first confirmed in the state in March.

New cases reported was 584, with 27 new deaths from COVID-19.

In a statement, Governor Asa Hutchinson said he will discuss the state’s “winter strategy” on the COVID-19 pandemic in Tuesday’s weekly press briefing.

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

Current hospitalizations: 655

Total Beds: 9,144

Total Beds Available: 2,426

Total ICU Beds: 1,081

Total ICU Beds Available: 131

Total Vents: 1,065

Total Vents Available: 700

Total Covid patients in ICU: 235

Total Covid patients on vents: 112

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