Arkansas reports 1,052 new COVID-19 cases, over 1,000 hospitalized

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:

  • 134,904 confirmed cases
  • 18,773 probable cases
  • 13,090 active confirmed cases
  • 3,818 active probable cases
  • 2,237 confirmed deaths
  • 199 probable deaths
  • 1,011 hospitalizations 
  • 192 on ventilators
  • 119,558 confirmed recoveries
  • 14,754 probable recoveries

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Friday, November 27

The Arkansas Department of Health announces 1,052 new COVID-19 cases within 24 hours. 

Of the 1,052 cases, 962 have been confirmed and 90 are probable.

The amount of people on ventilators increased by 23 since yesterday; hospitalizations rose by eight.

There were 9,330 PCR tests given since yesterday and 355 antigen tests.

Thursday, November 26

Arkansas has reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases Thursday with 2,348 total new cases.

Wednesday, November 25

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, Arkansas is reporting over 1,000 current hospitalizations.

In its daily report, the Arkansas Department of Health reported 1,965 new cases with 1,423 being confirmed and 542 being probable.

The state is also reporting 20 more deaths and 1,028 hospitalizations. The amount of COVID-19 patients on ventilators increase by 31 to 191.

A total of 13,572 PCR tests and 3,725 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

“I drove up to Rogers for Thanksgiving and I stopped in Ozark. Everyone is clearly taking things seriously and working hard to follow the health guidelines. Thank you to all Arkansans for your continued diligence,” Governor Asa Hutchinson said in a statement. “While we express our thanks across the state in smaller groups than normal years, I am more grateful than ever for the dedication of our health care workers. The new hospitalizations today adds to the burden, and let’s all go the extra mile to protect each other.”

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

  • Current hospitalizations: 1,028
  • Total Beds: 9,144
  • Total Beds Available: 2,388
  • Total ICU Beds: 1,139
  • Total ICU Beds Available: 75
  • Total Vents: 1,061
  • Total Vents Available: 635
  • Total Covid patients in ICU: 400
  • Total Covid patients on vents: 190

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.