Arkansas sees over 2,100 more COVID-19 cases as pandemic continues

The state continues to see a sharp increase in hospitalizations and new cases as health officials work to slow the spread of coronavirus in Arkansas.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Last week, Gov. Hutchinson also announced that businesses that have licenses to sell alcohol must close by 11 p.m. He also announced that graduating nursing students will be put on the fast track to the frontlines.

The state had record testing in a 24 hour period on Friday, Nov. 20. A total of 15,095 PCR tests and 3,383 antigen tests were completed, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

Key facts to know:

  • 130,826 confirmed cases
  • 17,486 probable cases
  • 13,352 active confirmed cases
  • 3,705 active probable cases
  • 2,208 confirmed deaths
  • 197 probable deaths
  • 988 hospitalizations 
  • 160 on ventilators
  • 115,248 confirmed recoveries
  • 13,583 probable recoveries

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Tuesday, November 24

Dr. Romero on Thanksgiving: “Stay home, avoid travel, stay outside, keep contact brief, stay apart (avoid hugging, kissing), wear a mask.”

He also said said the first of 3 vaccines will be reviewed Dec. 10. Then, once vaccines are approved, a shipment will come to Arkansas, but not enough for everyone. It won’t be until third quarter of next year that we have enough for everyone.

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 2,122 new coronavirus cases in the state over the last 24 hours.

Of those 2,122 cases, 1,421 were confirmed cases and 701 were probable cases.

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

Hospitalizations increased by 14 and brought the total to 988. 

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Monday, November 23

Arkansas has once again set a record high in hospitalizations as the Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 974 current hospitalizations.

The state has seen an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations since September as cases continue to rise.

The health department reported 1,017 new cases, with 912 being confirmed and 105 being probable cases. Officials also reported 30 more deaths.

A total of 10,693 PCR tests and 890 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

“We saw a decrease in new cases from last Monday, and this is a hopeful sign; but our hospitalizations are still going up,” Governor Asa Hutchinson said. “How we handle Thanksgiving this year will determine our hospitalizations around Christmas. Thanks for being a part of turning this fight around.”

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

  • Current hospitalizations: 974
  • Total Beds: 9,144
  • Total Beds Available: 2,530
  • Total ICU Beds: 1,136
  • Total ICU Beds Available: 76
  • Total Vents: 1,032
  • Total Vents Available: 609
  • Total Covid patients in ICU: 384
  • Total Covid patients on vents: 164

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