LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Eds Note: This article was last updated on October 18, 2020.
Arkansas health officials have reported a total of 6,771 new confirmed cases in the state since the beginning of October and nearly 200 new deaths.
The state also saw its highest amount of COVID-19 hospitalizations on October 11 with 576 people currently in a hospital, which then rose to 608 on October 12.
Key facts to know:
- 93,356 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas
- 5,710 probable cases
- 7,621 active cases
- 1,283 active probable cases
- 1,552 reported deaths
- 152 probable deaths
- 572 hospitalizations
- 97 on ventilators
- 84,175 confirmed recoveries
- 4,275 probable recoveries
Watch Gov. Hutchinson's Wednesday afternoon press conference:
Sunday, October 18th
The Arkansas Department of Health has reported 644 new COVID-19 cases throughout the state.
Saturday, October 17th
The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 883 new COVID-19 cases in the state with 710 being confirmed cases and 173 being probable cases.
Nineteen more people have died due to the virus and hospitalizations are at 576.
A total of 10,118 PCR tests and 1,242 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.
Friday, October 16th
Governor Asa Hutchinson along with the Arkansas Department of Health has reported the state surpassing 1,500 confirmed deaths from COVID since the first reported case on March 11.
Since yesterday, there has been a reported 1,015 new coronavirus cases with 814 being confirmed positive cases in the state.
Thursday, October 15th
The Arkansas Department of Health reported 1,278 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours with 1,068 being confirmed cases and 210 being probable cases. Eleven more people have died from COVID-19.
Hospitalizations also increased by seven to 594 while ventilators dropped to 106.
A total of 10,786 PCR tests and 1,094 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.
While Gov. Hutchinson said he expected cases to increase near the end of the week due to the pattern that has emerged, "the cases reported today set a new record high."
Wednesday, October 14th
Gov. Hutchinson announced that the Abbott BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 testing will be utilized in schools, healthcare facilities, human development centers and in state prisons.
The state currently has 100,000 rapid antigen tests and around 50,000 are expected to received each week.
Election workers will also have a priority for rapid testing at Arkansas Department of Health offices.
Hutchinson also announced a total of 1,079 new cases in the last 24 hours with 884 being confirmed cases and 195 being probable. A total of 21 more people have dead from the virus.
Tuesday, October 13th
Gov. Hutchinson announced 481 new confirmed cases, 199 new probable cases and 24 more deaths.
Hospitalizations dropped by three to 605, but the amount of people on ventilators increased to 110.
A total of 5,909 PCR tests and 1,477 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.
Monday, October 12th
The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting another record amount of COVID-19 hospitalizations after the amount raised by 32. A total of 608 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19.
A total of 568 new confirmed cases, 86 new probable cases and 17 confirmed deaths were reported by the health department.
The state also reported 9,089 PCR tests and 705 antigen tests over the last 24 hours.