LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) reports 615 new cases and 27 additional deaths due to COVID-19 in Arkansas on Wednesday, September 2.
There are 5,036 active cases.
There are 62,112 cumulative COVID-19 cases in the state and 841 deaths total.
Twelve additional hospitalizations for a total of 435.
Of the 27 deaths reported today, 13 were delayed from May, June, July and August.
In the last 24 hours, 4,773 people were tested in the last 24 hours. “I still would like it [testing] higher,” said Hutchinson.
“For the future, the antigen tests and the positives will be regularly reported publicly and to the Centers for Disease Control,” said Hutchinson. He explained that an antigen-positive is a probable case because it has not been confirmed by a PCR test.
On September 1, there were 590 antigen tests, with 156 positive results, that’s a 26.4% positivity rate for those tests, according to the governor. The most recent tests were from Washington County.
There have been 13,098 antigen-tests done cumulatively.
Centers for Disease Control issued a moratorium on evictions. This is a broad-based order trying to decrease homelessness, according to the governor.
The moratorium begins on September, 4. Residents need to present an affidavit/statement to a community action agency or a non-profit agency to help pay rent due to COVID-19 and lost income. In Arkansas, $4.8 was issued by the Department of Human Services to provide rental assistance, and at the federal level, $670,000 was awarded to the Arkansas Finance Authority, according to the governor.
COUNTIES WITH HIGHEST CASES, >20
- Washington, 67
- Pulaski, 62
- Benton, 60
- Craighead, 49
- Garland, 26
- Saline, 21
- Mississippi, 20