KUAF COVID Updates

As we enter the seventh month of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting Arkansas, KUAF has decided to sunset regular updates to the COVID-19 Updates and Local Information page. There are many outlets dedicating time and resources to provide daily updates and more in-depth information that we encourage you to seek out. Below is a list of those sites, but is in no way comprehnesive.

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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. 

Sept. 9, 2020 2:00 p.m. — During today's daily COVID-19 briefing, Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported the state has 66,406 positive cases, an increase of 385 from yesterday. Hospitalizations increased by 2 for a total of 411. Arkansas has 928 deaths related to the coronavirus, an increase of 11. Health Secretary Dr. Jose Romero said 7 of the deaths were in nursing nomes and there were two small clusters in Beebe and El Dorado.

Sept. 8, 2020 2:25 p.m. — During today's daily COVID-19 briefing, Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported the state has 66,021 positive cases, an increase of 294 from yesterday. Of those new cases, 3 were in correctional facilities. Hospitalizations increased by 10 for a total of 409. Arkansas has 917 deaths related to the coronavirus, an increase of 9.  

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September 4, 2020 3 p.m. — Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson at his daily coronavirus press briefing on Friday, staged at Unity Health White County Regional Medical Center in Searcy, announced a record rise of new positive COVID-19 cases in Arkansas — 1,094 — along with a record number of COVID-19 tests conducted over the 24-hour period, 11,254. Arkansas, now has 5,755 active cases. Total cases diagnosed since the pandemic began in Arkansas is 64,175 cases.

Arkansas' new cases of COVID-19 increased by 969 in the last 24 hours. 211 of those cases were diagnosed in Washington County. At Thursday's Arkansas COVID-19 press briefing, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced 81% of the new Washington County cases were among people between the ages of 18 and 24. Dr. Jose Romero, Arkansas' Secretary of Health, urged college students to observe measures to help slow the spread of the virus, including the wearing of face coverings and the practice of socially distancing. The state received 7,827 test results during the last 24 hour period.

Sept. 2, 2020 2:16 p.m. — During today's daily COVID-19 briefing, Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported the state has 62,112 positive cases, an increase of 615 from yesterday. Of those new cases, 16 were in correctional facilities. Hospitalizations increased by 12 for a total of 435. Arkansas has 841 deaths related to the coronavirus, an increase of 27. While this is the most deaths reported in a single day, Health Secretary Dr. Jose Romero said 13 of those deaths were the result of delayed reporting (deaths from more than 3 weeks ago).

Sept. 1, 2020 2:26 p.m. — During today's daily COVID-19 briefing, Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported the state has 61,497 positive cases, an increase of 273 from yesterday. Hospitalizations increased by 3 for a total of 423. Arkansas has 814 deaths related to the coronavirus, an increase of 17. Health Secretary Dr. Jose Romero said 6 of those deaths were the result of delayed reporting. Five deaths occurred in nursing homes and one was in a correctional facility.

Aug. 31, 2020 2:26 p.m. — Today is International Opioid Awareness Day and during today's daily COVID-19 briefing, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is awarding $21 million to Arkansas over the next two years. Gov. Hutchinson said the grant allow officials to work harder on eduction, treatment and recovery for Arkansans dealing with opioid and stimulant abuse. He also said Arkansas is 1 of 4 states to see a decline in deaths related to opioid abuse. 

August 28, 2020 3:30 p.m. -- Arkansas’s cases of COVID-19 increased by 838 during the recent 24-hour testing period and there have now been 59,583 cumulative cases recorded in the state. Today's numbers come from 6,330 tests. The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 17 additional deaths, with three of those deaths delayed reporting from last month and four of the deaths in nursing homes.  Dr. Jose Romero, Arkansas’ Secretary of Health, said there are no clusters represented in the additional deaths.  756 Arkansans have now died from the virus.

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