Saturday saw the state’s largest single-day increase in positive COVID-19 testing, according to officials at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Sunday’s press briefing. The number of positive cases now stands at 830, 87 more than Saturday’s number of 743.
Despite the increase, Hutchinson said Arkansas is still beating projected trends, thanks, in part, to the state’s targeted response and adherence to guidelines. According to the governor, Arkansas was projected to have 2,000 positive cases by this time in April.
Heather Larkin with the Arkansas Community Foundation announced a COVID-19 relief fund for non-profit Arkansas businesses. The Tyson Foundation, Riggs-Cat, Walmart, and the Walton Family Foundation were some organizations that have donated or pledged $2 million to the fund. And Laura Landreaux, the CEO of Entergy Arkansas, said at the briefing the company will be temporarily suspending disconnections for non-payment. Entergy also announced a donation of $100,000 to the ACF fund. For more information on the ACF fund, click here.
Other announcements from the briefing:
- Of the 830 positive cases, 114 are health care workers. That figure is up eight from Saturday.
- The current number of deaths is up two, to 16.
- Ninety-seven have recovered.
- There are currently 67 hospitalized, down five from Saturday.
- The number of confirmed cases at the federal correctional facility in Forrest City is now up to 14. Hutchinson said a team from the Centers for Disease Control is en route to the facility to help with the outbreak.
- Two new counties have been added to those with positive cases: Phillips and Yell counties.
- Health Director Dr. Nate Smith announced there are over 700 ventilators in the state. Approximately 200 of those ventilators are currently in use. Of that 200, only 27 are in use for COVID-19 patients. There are currently approximately 500 ventilators still available for use.
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