LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Arkansas has seen a total of 2,699 confirmed cases reported in the first five days of October and 83 reported deaths.
While Governor Asa Hutchinson has said he doesn't like seeing an increase in the amount of confirmed cases, he said "high testing volume is vital to our efforts to slow the spread of the virus."
(Eds. note: This article was last update on October 12th.)
Key facts to know:
- 88,302 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas
- 4,531 probable cases
- 6,867 active cases
- 934 active probable cases
- 1,421 reported deaths
- 148 probable deaths
- 576 hospitalizations
- 99 on ventilators
- 80,005 recoveries
Watch Gov. Hutchinson's weekly COVID-19 press briefing:
Sunday, October 11th
The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 554 new confirmed cases, 59 new probable cases, 16 confirmed deaths and one more probable death.
The state also saw its highest ever number of COVID-19 hospitalizations with 576 after an increase by 22.
A total of 9,245 PCR tests and 450 antigen tests have been completed over the last 24 hours.
Saturday, October 10th
The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 788 new confirmed cases, 120 new probable cases, 20 confirmed deaths and 2 more probable deaths.
Hospitalizations reduced by six to 554 and the amount of people on ventilators dropped by three to 98.
A total of 11,969 PCR tests and 1,994 antigen test were completed over the last 24 hours.
Friday, October 9th
The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 980 new confirmed cases, 187 new probable cases and 26 more confirmed deaths.
The state also saw its highest hospitalization number yet with 560 people being hospitalized.
A total of 12,715 PCR tests and 1,225 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.
Thursday, October 8th
Gov. Hutchinson has reported that there is a total of 1,066 new confirmed COVID cases since yesterday, with a record number of hospitalizations for the third day in a row since the pandemic began, with there being 547 total hospitalizations.
Wednesday, October 7th
The Arkansas Department of Health has confirmed 684 new cases of coronavirus in Arkansas, not counting the added 125 probable cases.
The record number of hospitalizations has gone up by 9 with a total of 538 along with 16 confirmed deaths.
Tuesday, October 6th
Gov. Hutchinson announced 532 new confirmed cases, a record number of hospitalizations at 529 and 22 more deaths.
A total of 1,321 people have died due to coronavirus in Arkansas.
A total of 6,157 PCR tests and 1,059 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours. Hutchinson said 133 of the 1,059 antigen tests came back positive.
Monday, October 5th
The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 392 new confirmed cases, 25 new probable cases, 21 more confirmed deaths and one probable death.
A total of 6,305 PCR tests and 845 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.
Gov. Hutchinson said the amount of hospitalizations is "too high" and that "more cases leads to increased hospitalizations."
"While it is manageable, it's important to slow the spread of this virus to keep people out of the hospital because of COVID-19," he said.
We will update this article with more information as it becomes available.