LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Governor Asa Hutchinson announced 1,052 new cases and no additional deaths due to COVID-19 in Arkansas on Friday, November 27.
This is the first time in months there have been no COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours.
There are now 16,908 cases statewide considered active by the Arkansas Department of Health.
The statewide death toll due to COVID-19 is now 2,436.
A total of 1,011 people are hospitalized and 192 are on ventilators.
The top counties reporting new cases today include:
- Benton – 133
- Washington – 68
- Pulaski – 65
- Craighead – 64
- Saline – 41
The CDC has updated how it recommends contact tracing be conducted and Arkansas is following suit.
Its new guidance asks case investigations be prioritized for those who have tested positive for the coronavirus within six days.
Hutchinson says anyone who is a positive patient will be contacted.
He has now identified two priority groups.
The first priority is those who tested positive in the past six days. Their case will be assigned to an ADH nurse.
Any person who tested positive after six days will be listed as a second priority. They’ll be followed-up with by a non-nurse contact tracer.
“They’ll all be case investigated, contacted, told to isolate, all the procedures to follow. we’re trying to utilize and maximize our resources in the best way possible,” Hutchinson said.
as of november 16, hutchinson said the average time for a person to be contacted by a contact tracer in arkansas was about five days.
He said during that week it took about 37 hours for results to be entered into the ADH’s internal system and about two days and 20 hours from that point for a contact investigation to begin.