Arkansas sees record-high COVID-19 deaths in a single day

The state of Arkansas is approaching nearly 3,000 deaths due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On Friday, Dec. 11, Arkansas saw 55 new deaths due to COVID-19, making it the largest single-day total number of deaths since the pandemic entered the state.

Gov. Hutchinson announced Arkansas will be following the CDC guidelines of a shorter quarantine time. A COVID-19 patient can quarantine for 14 days, but they can be released after 10 days if they are asymptomatic. If you have tested negative, you may be released after seven days.

Key facts to know:

  • 156,011 confirmed cases
  • 25,613 probable cases
  • 16,000 active confirmed cases
  • 4,706 active probable cases
  • 2,588 confirmed deaths
  • 287 probable deaths
  • 1,059 hospitalizations 
  • 185 on ventilators
  • 137,401 confirmed recoveries 
  • 20,617 probable recoveries 

Watch Gov. Hutchinson’s statewide address on COVID-19 at 7 p.m.:

Friday, Dec. 11

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 2,770 new COVID-19 cases in the state and 55 more deaths. The total deaths is a record-high within 24 hours for Arkansas.

Of the 2,770 new cases, 1,938 are confirmed and 832 are probable. Of the 55 deaths, 29 are confirmed and 26 are probable.

There have been 15,516 PCR tests and 3,537 antigen tests given within the past 24 hours.

Thursday, Dec. 10

The state of Arkansas reported 2,202 new COVID-19 cases and 34 more deaths.

A total of 2,820 Arkansans have died due to COVID-19, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

Hospitalizations dropped in the state by 59 to 1,005 while ventilators increased by two to 181.

A total of 14,242 PCR tests and 4,133 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

“Yesterday saw a very strong day of testing, with over 18,000 total tests administered. A decrease in hospitalizations is a good sign, but this has not been the trend. Continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance as you are out and about,” Gov. Hutchinson said.

Wednesday, Dec. 9

According to the ADH, positive COVID-19 cases in Arkansas rose by 2,327 on Wednesday, totaling over 4,600 people testing positive with the virus in two days.

“This morning I had a very productive meeting with community leaders in northwest Arkansas. The discussions around health care, education, and business provided my team and me with valuable insight into the challenges that are being faced as a result of this virus,” Gov. Hutchinson said Wednesday.

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Dr. Romero quoted the CDC, saying you need to wear a mask at all times. He also said non essential travel is highly discouraged.

Counties with the most confirmed and probable cases within the last 24 hours: 

  • Pulaski 230
  • Washington 175
  • Benton 151
  • Garland 118
  • Faulkner 115

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 2,283 new coronavirus cases in the state over the last 24 hours.

There have been 39 more deaths from the virus in Arkansas. Hospitalizations also increased by 28 and brought the total to 1,081. 

The amount of COVID-19 patients ventilators stayed the same with a total of 182. 

A total of 9,332 PCR tests and 3,981 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.


Monday, Dec. 7

Gov. Hutchinson reported a record-high number of COVID-19 deaths in a single day on Monday with 53 deaths.

However, for the first time in a while, hospitalization numbers decreased.

“This high number of our friends and neighbors losing their lives is a tough reminder of our responsibility to follow the public health guidelines each day,” Hutchinson said Monday.

The state also reported 1,118 new cases and 1,053 current hospitalizations.

A total of 9,009 PCR tests and 687 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours. 

Sunday, Dec. 6

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

  • Current hospitalizations: 1,076
  • Total Beds: 8,958
  • Total Beds Available: 2,341
  • Total ICU Beds: 1,165
  • Total ICU Beds Available: 86
  • Total Vents: 1,053
  • Total Vents Available: 654
  • Total Covid patients in ICU: 374
  • Total Covid patients on vents: 179

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