Arkansas sees record-high new COVID-19 hospitalizations for 3rd day in a row

The Arkansas Department of Health has reported a total of 1,038 new COVID-19 cases and 17 new deaths from the virus since yesterday.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — For the third day in a row, the number of Arkansans in the hospital with coronavirus has hit a record with a total of 741 people.

The state also broke the single-day high of new cases on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, the state reported 1,548 new cases and then on Friday it reported 1,870 new cases.

Key facts to know:

  • 110,932 confirmed cases
  • 10,934 probable cases
  • 9,833 active cases
  • 2,647 active probable cases
  • 1,907 confirmed deaths
  • 178 probable deaths
  • 741 hospitalizations 
  • 103 on ventilators
  • 99,179 confirmed recoveries
  • 8,108 probable recoveries

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

Sunday, Nov. 8

There have been 17 new deaths since yesterday from complications from the virus, according to Gov. Hutchinson.

For the third day in a row, the number of Arkansans in the hospital with coronavirus has hit a record with a total of 741 people.

Saturday, Nov. 7

The Arkansas Department of Health reports 1,598 new coronavirus cases in Arkansas and 12 more deaths.

Of the 1,598 cases, 1,278 are confirmed and 320 are probable. All 12 of the new deaths are confirmed.

There have been 11,727 PCR tests given within the past 24 hours and 1,927 antigen tests.

This is the third day for Arkansas to see record-highs, this time 

Gov. Hutchinson tweeted, in part, “This virus travels darkly and silently though our communities. We all have to protect each other and we need everyone to pull together.”

Friday, Nov. 6

After posting a record high amount of new cases on Thursday, Arkansas has again set a single-day record with 1,870 new cases on Friday.

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 1,446 new confirmed cases, 424 new probable cases and 19 new deaths.

The state also reported its highest amount of hospitalizations yet at 706.

Over the last 24 hours, a total of 12,356 PCR tests and 2,285 antigen tests were completed.

Gov. Hutchinson said the record breaking numbers “show we are not in a good position as we head into the colder months.”

Thursday, Nov. 5

The Arkansas Department of Health has reported its highest amount of new cases over a 24-hour period with 1,548 cases. A total of 1,155 are confirmed cases and 393 are probable cases.

The state also reported 11 new deaths, an increase in current hospitalizations to 667 and 103 people are on ventilators.

A total of 10,450 PCR tests and 1,728 were completed over the last 24 hours.

Governor Asa Hutchinson in a statement said that Thursday’s sharp increase “shows that we have the virus in all our communities.”

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


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.