LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — As of 6:35 p.m on Monday, the Arkansas Department of Health has confirmed 508 positive COVID-19 cases throughout the state.

Gov. Hutchinson also confirmed Monday that there are now seven deaths in the state related to COVID-19.

Key facts to know:

  • 508 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas 
  • 6,028 total tests
  • 5,520 negative test results
  • 7 reported deaths
  • 32 recoveries
  • All public schools are closed until April 17

WATCH MONDAY'S PRESS CONFERENCE HERE:

Monday, March 30

7:45 p.m.:

Baptist Health announced Sunday that although reducing non-coronavirus related procedures (including non-emergency testing, regular clinic, and specialty visits) has helped prevent exposure of COVID-19, it has caused financial hardship. 

READ MORE: Baptist Health to furlough workers after COVID-19 response leads to reduced services

6:40 p.m.:

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, positive COVID-19 cases in Arkansas has risen to 508, a 35 case jump since his 1:30 p.m. press conference.

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5:00 p.m.:

Laura Grimes of Benton said her parents, native Arkansans themselves, are currently stuck on a cruise ship where they say hundreds are said to have flu-like symptoms. At least 2 passengers have tested positive for COVID-19, and 4 have died on the boat.

READ MORE: Arkansas natives stuck on cruise ship with positive COVID-19 cases

1:50 p.m.

According to Stacy Hurst, Secretary of Arkansas Department of Parks, state parks are open but officials have taken extensive measures to reduce the risk to visitors and staff.

1:45 p.m.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson authorized $45 million in additional funds for personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect health care workers in Arkansas. This is in addition to $30 million already allocated to pay for PPE. The state will also use this to purchase ventilators. 

Arkansas is expecting $1.25 billion in federal funds for “costs related to the COVID-19 crisis." It has to be used by the end of the calendar year. It cannot be used to fill holes in the state budget, according to Gov. Hutchinson.

1:30 p.m.

Gov. Hutchinson confirmed in a press conference there were a total of 473 cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas, including one more death, totaling seven in the state. 

Dr. Nate Smith breaks down the 426 cases of COVID-19:

  • 17 children (ages 18 and under)
  • 149 seniors (ages 65+)
  • 307 adults (ages 19-64)
  • 47 cases in nursing homes
  • 62 hospitalized 
  • 21 on ventilators

Dr. Smith confirmed in the 473 cases in Arkansas, there are six pregnant women, 71 related to domestic travel, 73 healthcare workers, 37 with diabetes, 12 with immuno-compromising conditions and 10 with chronic kidney disease.

He also confirmed the 7th death in Arkansas was that of a senior nursing home resident. This is the first nursing home related death in Arkansas.

Watch Sunday's press conference here:

The following counties have at least one confirmed case of COVID-19:

  • Arkansas County
  • Ashley County
  • Baxter County
  • Benton County
  • Boone County
  • Bradley County
  • Chicot County
  • Clark County
  • Cleburne County
  • Cleveland County
  • Columbia County
  • Conway County 
  • Craighead County
  • Crawford County
  • Crittenden County
  • Cross County
  • Desha County
  • Drew County
  • Faulkner County
  • Garland County
  • Grant County
  • Greene County
  • Hempstead County
  • Hot Spring County
  • Howard County
  • Independence County
  • Jefferson County
  • Johnson County
  • Lawrence County
  • Lincoln County
  • Lonoke County
  • Nevada County
  • Newton County
  • Perry County
  • Pike County
  • Poinsett County
  • Polk County
  • Pope County
  • Pulaski County
  • Randolph County
  • Saline County
  • Searcy County
  • Sebastian County
  • Sevier County
  • St. Francis
  • Stone County
  • Union County
  • Van Buren County
  • Washington County
  • White County
  • Woodruff County

We will continue to update this article with new information as it becomes available.

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