The number of COVID-19 cases in Arkansas is steadily moving into through the low-1,000 range as more cases are reported in the state.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that Arkansas’ cumulative total of cases is 1,171 as of Friday afternoon. However, Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Secretary Dr. Nathaniel Smith noted that there are 836 active cases in the state; this number subtracts the number of individuals who have recovered and who have died because of the virus.
Two more individuals have died as a result of COVID-19. This brings the death total in Arkansas to 23. Smith offered further insight into the COVID-19 deaths when determining whether to attribute deaths to the virus. According to him, if a patient enters the hospital and is infected, they are considered to have died as a result of COVID-19 even if they have underlying diseases.
There are 86 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19. This represents an increase of 13 patients from yesterday. There have been 23 new hospitalized compared to yesterday and 10 who have exited the hospital.
In addition, there are 33 patients on ventilators, an increase of two individuals.
Smith listed 79 COVID-19 infections in nursing homes in the state. There are also 168 healthcare workers who are infected, and 46 of these workers have recovered.
Officials did not announce any infections in new counties.
The counties with reported COVID-19 infections include Arkansas, Ashley, Baxter, Benton, Boone, Bradley, Carroll, Chicot, Clark, Clay, Cleburne, Cleveland, Columbia, Conway, Craighead, Crawford, Crittenden, Cross, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Faulkner, Franklin, Garland, Grant, Greene, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Howard, Independence, Izard, Jefferson, Johnson, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Logan, Lonoke, Madison, Miller, Mississippi, Monroe, Nevada, Newton, Ouachita, Perry, Phillips, Pike, Poinsett, Polk, Pope, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sevier, Sharp, St. Francis, Stone, Union, Van Buren, Washington, White, Woodruff, and Yell.
Hutchinson said that the COVID-19 daily briefing for Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 are canceled barring a significant update.