Coronavirus in Arkansas: 455 new cases, 53 in Washington & Benton County

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Governor Asa Hutchinson announced 455 new cases of the novel coronavirus in Arkansas at this daily press conference on Thursday, including 53 in Washington and Benton Counties.

The 455 cases are the largest single-day increase in Arkansas since the pandemic began.

The new cases include:

  • 33 in Yell County
  • 27 in Benton County
  • 26 in Washington County

Of the new cases, there are 229 from the federal correctional facility that were finally added to the official case count, reported Dr. Nate Smith, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health.

The rest – 226 – are from the general community, he said.

Smith said the increase is “of course a concern” but that it is “largely a matter of increased testing.”

In the first three weeks of May, he said the state has tested almost as many as the entire months of March and April. The state has also increased the scope of its testing — now offering tests to asymptomatic individuals who have had contact with known cases.

Yesterday, Hutchinson said Arkansas performed 2616 tests for COVID-19 with a positivity rate of 4.4 percent.

There have been three additional deaths due to the virus in Arkansas, Hutchinson said, raising the state’s death toll to 110.

The number of reported hospitalizations in the state rose by seven on Thursday to 86.

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Arkansas Department of Health Directives & Orders
June 1: Directive Regarding Community and School Team Sports
May 22: Directive for Recreational Pool Reopening
May 21: Directive Regarding Overnight Camps
May 18: Directive Regarding Summer Day Camps
May 18: Directive for Reopening of Casinos
May 18: Directive for Large Indoor Venues | Spanish | To submit an increased capacity proposal for agriculture related events (rodeos, fairs, livestock shows, etc), please click HERE.
May 14: Directive for Travelers from “Hot Spot” and International Locations
May 11: Directive on Resuming Elective Procedures, Phase II
May 11: Directive on Resuming Restaurant Dine-In Operations | Spanish
May 11: Directive on Resuming Elective Dental Services

COVID-19 Numbers

Updated as of 5/21/2020, 3:13 p.m.
*these data are provisional and subject to change. Updates are made once a day.
Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas5,458

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*These data are provisional and subject to change. Updates are made once a day.

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