Arkansas reports 1,809 new COVID-19 cases, 18 more deaths

Arkansas continues to see a sharp increase in both new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as the pandemic continues across the country.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — For the fifth day in a row, Arkansas saw a record increase in hospitalizations as over 800 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

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:

  • 115,228 confirmed cases
  • 12,778 probable cases
  • 10,896 active confirmed cases
  • 3,595 active probable cases
  • 1,964 confirmed deaths
  • 180 probable deaths
  • 805 hospitalizations 
  • 116 on ventilators
  • 102,355 confirmed recoveries
  • 9,002 probable recoveries

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Thursday, November 12

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 1,809 new COVID-19 cases in the state, with 1,285 being confirmed cases and 524 listed as probable cases.

Arkansas also reported 18 more deaths and hospitalizations increased by four to 805. A total of 116 people are on ventilators.

The state is reporting that 11,164 PCR tests and 1,740 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

In its daily report on statewide hospitalizations numbers, the Arkansas Department of Health said only 82 ICU beds were available across the state. That is down from 93 on Wednesday.

Gov. Hutchinson said that we need to “be mindful of the pressure on our hospitals, doctors and health care workers.”

“Let’s reduce the hospitalizations by doing our part to protect each other,” he said.

Below are today’s statewide hospitalization numbers:

  • Current hospitalizations: 805
  • Total beds: 9,144
  • Total beds available: 2,355 
  • Total ICU beds: 1,080
  • Total ICU beds available: 82 
  • Total vents: 1,072
  • Total vents available: 675
  • Total COVID patients in ICU: 295
  • Total COVID patients on vents: 116 

Wednesday, November 11

Arkansas has once again broken its single-day record of new COVID-19 cases.

The Arkansas Department of Health reported a total of 1,962 new cases with 1,207 being confirmed cases and 755 being probable cases.

Hospitalizations dropped to 801, ventilator use is down to 116, but 14 more people have died due to COVID-19.

A total of 9,390 PCR tests and 2,247 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

Gov. Hutchinson said Wednesday’s record breaking numbers of new cases, “is a profoundly serious reminder of the emergency that continues.”

The health department also reported that only 93 ICU beds were available across the entire state and 304 COVID-19 patients were currently in the ICU.

Tuesday, November 10

Dr. Romero said hospitalizations continue to increase. 

“We have been in contact with metro area hospitals,” Dr. Romero said. “We are seeing more cases as a result of Halloween. This is something that we may see even more significantly with Thanksgiving. I’m coming forward and saying ‘people living in congregate settings should NOT be taken away to have Thanksgiving with their families.’ 

Dr. Romero also said the FDA will be looking at a vaccine and it shows very promising results. According to data, it works about as well as the vaccines used for whopping cough and measles. 

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 1,424 new coronavirus cases in the state over the last 24 hours.

Of those 1,424 cases, 975 were confirmed cases and 449 were probable cases.

There have been 4 more deaths from the virus in Arkansas.

Hospitalizations increased by 24 and brought the total to 810. Ventilator use is up by 11, bringing the total to 124.

Gov. Hutchinson said the Arkansas Department of Health has released revised guidelines for places of worship.

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Monday, November 9

Below are today’s statewide hospitalization numbers as reported to ADH by hospitals and as of 2 p.m. today.

  • Current hospitalizations: 786
  • Total Beds: 9,144
  • Total Beds Available: 2,403
  • Total ICU Beds: 1,082
  • Total ICU Beds Available: 106
  • Total Vents: 1,072
  • Total Vents Available: 697
  • Total Covid patients in ICU: 289
  • Total Covid patients on vents: 116

The Arkansas Department of Health has reported a total of 945 new COVID-19 cases and 23 new deaths from the virus since yesterday.

This is the fourth day in a row that hospitalizations have spiked across the state.

Gov. Hutchinson released the following statement on today’s COVID-19 numbers: “We continue to see a high level of hospitalizations across the state. This increase can affect everyone, even those who have not contracted COVID-19. We all have a responsibility to our friends, family, and neighbors to do our part as we fight this virus.”

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

Sunday, November 8

  • Current hospitalizations: 741
  • Total Beds: 9,144
  • Total Beds Available: 2,414
  • Total ICU Beds: 1,082
  • Total ICU Beds Available: 111
  • Total Vents: 1,072
  • Total Vents Available: 708
  • Total Covid patients in ICU: 268
  • Total Covid patients on vents: 104

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