Sept. 11, 2020 4:00 p.m. — Hosting his daily coronavirus press briefing in Mena on the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain campus in Mena, Arkansas Governor Asa announced 1,107 new positive cases of COVID-19, a record number in a 24- hour period. It could be related to the previous Labor Day holiday he said, with increased socializing, but warned it’s too early to tell. Of that number, 225 positive cases came from one single commercial lab which sent a large number of results at one time.
“I expect a spike,” Hutchinson said. “And we’ll see this pattern, a decline and then a high shoot up.”
Arkansas Sec. of Health Jose Romero reported 67,911 total positive cases since the pandemic began, of those 5,713 are active. Fewer people are now on ventilators, he said, which number six, with no new hospitalizations, currently at 392. Romero attributes the use of steriods, antiviral drugs, and convalescent plasma for fewer hospitalized on ventilators, currently at 7. Thirteen more Arkansans have died, he said, for a total of 953. Over 7,800, tests conducted in the last 24 hour period, 2,400 were by public health departments. Of 459 antigen tests, 78 were positive.