COVID-19 Cases in Arkansas Stabilize

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Although the numbers in Arkansas have begun to stabilize, state officials are still encouraging residents to do their best in stemming the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Statewide, there were 1,475 confirmed cases as of Tuesday morning, although Clay County still has but one. State officials also report there have been 65 negative tests in the county.

Last week, Piggott Community Hospital reported they did not test the lone positive patient—who was listed as living in the Rector area. They also indicated no COVID-19 positive patients had been admitted to the local hospital, although they have undergone extensive preparation.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health website, 30 people have died from the virus in the state while 427 documented recoveries are being reported and there have been 21,014 tested.

Nationwide, there were 582,634 total cases documented which has resulted in 23,649 deaths.

Updating the state on Monday, after taking two days off for the Easter weekend, Gov. Asa Hutchinson noted problem areas in two correctional facilities. Outbreaks have been reported in both the Federal Correctional Institute in Forrest City along with the Cummins State Prison Unit at Grady which has resulted in some 98 positive tests.

The Governor also offered some good news, as he reported a large shipment of personnel protection equipment had been received in Little Rock, and would be distributed to facilities across the state.

On the regional scene, Dunklin County continues to see an increase and now has 16 confirmed cases as does Butler County. Pemiscot and New Madrid counties report eight each, with 11 confirmed cases in Stoddard County. Statewide, there were 4,388 confirmed cases in Missouri, resulting in 114 deaths. The Missouri numbers may be found online at https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/

Meanwhile, the latest numbers for Arkansas may be found on the ADH website at https://adem.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/f533ac8a8b6040e5896b0...

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