Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Secretary Dr. Nathaniel Smith announced that there are now 381 coronavirus cases in the state. This marks an increase of 46 from yesterday’s total of 335.
Of that total, there are 15 children, 124 individuals aged 65 or older, and 242 individuals aged 19-64 infected with the virus. Forty-two individuals are also in nursing homes.
Hospitalizations due to coronavirus have also increased with 48 individuals. According to Smith, this is an increase of seven individuals in the hospital from this time yesterday. There are also seven patients on ventilators.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson pointed out the number of hospitalizations as a key number that state officials would be watching.
However, the number of recoveries from coronavirus as also increased, rising to 19 as of Friday afternoon.
There have been 95 positive test results from the Arkansas Department of Health lab and 141 positive results from commercial labs.
Smith said that there have been no new counties that have reported coronavirus positives.
There are currently 42 counties out of a total of 75 counties with confirmed coronavirus infections. These counties include Benton, Washington, Sebastian, Polk, Sevier, Boone, Searcy, Van Buren, Conway, Pope, Cleburne, Faulkner, Pulaski, Saline, Garland, Grant, Jefferson, Clark, Cleveland, Desha, Lincoln, Bradley, Union, Columbia, Woodruff, Independence, Lawrence, Greene, Craighead, Poinsett, Crittenden, Cross, Crawford, Stone, White, Pike, Hempstead, Drew, Hot Springs, Lonoke, Chictot and Randolph counties.
The 33 counties that have not reported coronavirus infections include Carroll, Madison, Newton, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Scott, Yell, Montgomery, Perry, Little River, Miller, Lafayette, Hempstead, Nevada, Ouachita, Calhoun, Dallas, Ashley, Arkansas, Prairie, Monroe, Phillips, Lee, St. Francis, Jackson, Mississippi, Clay, Sharp, Izard, Fulton, Baxter and Marion counties. However, it is unclear the extent of coronavirus testing in these counties.
Around the United States, the number of positive coronavirus cases continues to soar, with the nation leading the pack in total number of cases. As of Friday afternoon, the United States has 97,028 cases – more than 16.5 percent of the worldwide total of 585,040 confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. By comparison, the United States had reported 86,012 on Friday morning – an increase of more than 11,000 coronavirus patients in less than 12 hours.
There have been 1,475 deaths attributed to coronavirus in the United States but only three in Arkansas. Worldwide, there have been 26,819 deaths.
The number of recovered individuals is rising, though. There are currently 129,812 individuals who have recovered across the globe – with Hubei China leading the pack with 61,732 recovered. The United States has reported 816 recoveries so far.