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Nearly 2,000 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Arkansas

As of Sunday, May 3, the Arkansas Department of Health has confirmed a total of 3,431 positive cases.

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — As of Sunday, May 3, the Arkansas Department of Health has confirmed a total of 3,431 positive cases.

On Wednesday, there were 2,520 COVID-19 tests were performed in Arkansas, with a 1.5% positivity rate. This is the highest number of tests run in one day in the state since March 11.

On Friday, Gov.Hutchinson announced a plan to reopen hair salons and barbershops. We learned on Thursday that gyms will be able to open up starting on Monday, May 4, followed by restaurants the following Monday, May 11.

Key facts to know:

  • 3,431 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas 
  • 52,890 total tests
  • 49,459 negative test results
  • 76 reported deaths
  • 1,999 recoveries
  • All Arkansas schools are closed for the remainder of the school year

Watch Saturday's 1:30 p.m. press conference here:

Sunday, May 3

3:00 p.m.

There are now a total of 3,431 positive cases in Arkansas and three new deaths due to COVID-19 since yesterday.

According to the Arkansas Department of Corrections, three prison inmates died today— two were being treated for COVID-19 symptoms.

The third death took place within the Cummins Unit infirmary after he "collapsed in front of correctional officers," the ADC said in a statement. They say they don't believe the death to be COVID-19 related, but an autopsy will be performed to confirm the manner of death.

READ MORE: 2 Arkansas prison inmates die from coronavirus, 1 other inmate death being investigated

It is unclear whether the 2 confirmed COVID-19 inmate deaths are counted in the three death increase since yesterday.

Saturday, May 2

1:30 p.m.

There are now a total of 3,372 positive cases in Arkansas and nine new deaths due to COVID-19.

That brings the total number of deaths to 73. Two of the deaths are from the Cummins Unit prison.

The current breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Arkansas:

  • 3,372 positive cases
  • 1,312 active cases
  • 100 hospitalizations
  • 73 deaths
  • 1,987 recoveries

10:00 a.m.

Friday, May 1

7:20 p.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health updated its site to show 3,310 positive cases, an 11 case decrease from the earlier report during the press conference.

There are now 1,985 recoveries in the state.

1:40 p.m.

Arkansas Health Secretary Dr. Nate Smith breaks down the 3,321 COVID-19 positive cases:

  • 1,284 active cases
  • 95 hospitalizations
  • 23 on ventilators 
  • 1,973 recoveries 
  • 64 deaths
  • 229 nursing home residents
    • 142 staff 

Gov.Hutchinson announced an additional $85 million in grant money for the Arkansas Ready for Business program because of an overwhelming number of applicants.

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1:30 p.m.

In a press conference, Gov. Hutchinson confirmed a total of 3,321 positive cases, which is a 66 case increase from yesterday. He also announced 3 new COVID-19 deaths, which brings the total to 63.

Gov. Hutchinson announced Friday during a press conference will be open for business on Wednesday, May 6 with restrictions.

RELATED: Barbershops, salons in Arkansas to reopen May 6th with restrictions

Watch Thursday 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
  • Carroll County
  • Chicot County
  • Clark County
  • Clay County
  • Cleburne County
  • Cleveland County
  • Columbia County
  • Conway County 
  • Craighead County
  • Crawford County
  • Crittenden County
  • Cross County
  • Dallas County
  • Desha County
  • Drew County
  • Faulkner County
  • Franklin County
  • Garland County
  • Grant County
  • Greene County
  • Hempstead County
  • Hot Spring County
  • Howard County
  • Independence County
  • Izard County
  • Jackson County 
  • Jefferson County
  • Johnson County
  • Lafayette County
  • Lawrence County
  • Lee County
  • Lincoln County
  • Logan County
  • Lonoke County
  • Madison County
  • Miller County
  • Mississippi County
  • Monroe County
  • Montgomery County
  • Nevada County
  • Newton County
  • Ouachita County
  • Perry County
  • Phillips County
  • Pike County
  • Poinsett County
  • Polk County
  • Pope County
  • Prairie County
  • Pulaski County
  • Randolph County
  • Saline County
  • Scott County
  • Searcy County
  • Sebastian County
  • Sevier County
  • Sharp County
  • St. Francis County
  • Stone County
  • Union County
  • Van Buren County
  • Washington County
  • White County
  • Woodruff County
  • Yell County

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

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