FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — UPDATE (7:45 p.m.): There are now 1,475 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.
A total of 21,014 people have been tested and 427 have recovered.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — UPDATE: Governor Asa Hutchinson announced 1410 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas at a press conference on Monday.
There are currently 74 patients hospitalized in the state, Hutchinson announced, and 989 active cases in Arkansas, according to Health Secretary Dr. Nate Smith.
There are 28 patients on ventilators and 30 deaths in Arkansas, Smith reported.
Health care workers make up 193 of the state’s cumulative cases, the Health Secretary announced.
The governor also said the state is monitoring coronavirus outbreaks at two correctional facilities in the state: a federal correctional institute in Forrest City and Cummins Unit, a state facility, in Lincoln Count.
Hutchinson announced 43 of 46 inmates tested were positive for the coronavirus in a single barracks at the Cummins Unit.
At the Forrest City Federal Correctional Institute, there are 55 positive cases, the governor said.
“There is not any indication we have reached the peak yet,” Hutchinson said. He said this is because the state has flattened its curve, extending the trend line out further.
“It’s not a time to let up. It’s not a time to decrease our intensity on social distancing, avoiding gatherings of more than ten, and wearing face masks.”
Hutchinson announced the creation of a Medical Advisory Board for COVID-19 Post Peak. He said he’s asked Smith to chair the board, which will give guidance as to what the state should do after coronavirus cases peak in Arkansas. Hutchinson said the board will look at what to do to avoid another resurgence, further mitigation efforts and how to move forward in a new environment.
The governor said he will release the names of “seven highly-skilled epidemiologists” who will sit on the board.
The Arkansas Department of Health on Monday reports 1398 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the state and 29 deaths due to the virus, according to the Health Department website.
There have been 376 recoveries in the state and a total of 20,792 Arkansans have been tested for the virus, the ADH reports.
The counties with the most cases are Pulaski (270), Crittenden (101), Garland (99) and Jefferson (98) counties.
Governor Asa Hutchinson will provide a further update on the state of COVID-19 at a press conference on Monday at 1:30 p.m.
For more information, visit https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus.