680 new statewide cases and 26 in Garland County

The following statistics were shared at the governor’s weekly COVID-19 update on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s (ADH) website:

  • 9410-13-20 ADH daily graphic,167 total cases, up 680 from Monday.
  • 89,351 total confirmed cases, up 481 from Monday. 
  • 4,816 total probable cases, up 199 from Monday.
  • 7,744 total active cases, down 95 from Monday.
  • 6,744 active confirmed cases, down 185 from Monday.
  • 81,136 recoveries, up 640 from Monday.
  • 1,611 total deaths, up 25 from Monday.
  • 148 probable deaths, no change from Monday.
  • 605 cases requiring hospitalization, down three from Monday.
  • 110 cases requiring a ventilator, up six from Monday. 
  • 2,142 cumulative cases in Garland County, up 26 from Monday.
  • 124 active cases in Garland County, up 11 from Monday.
  • 1,961 recoveries in Garland County, up 14 from Monday.
  • 57 deaths in Garland County, up one from Monday.

In the past 24 hours, the number of positive PCR tests added in Arkansas was 481, with 470 from the community and 11 from correctional facilities. There were 199 positive antigen results from a total of 1,472 antigen tests in the past 24 hours. The number of PCR tests completed in the past 24 hours was 5,909. 

The counties with the highest number of new cases in the past 24 hours include Pulaski with 56, Benton with 44, Craighead with 32, Lonoke with 24 and Garland with 22.

Hutchinson signed an executive order today to continue the state’s emergency declaration. “The executive order that I am signing today allows students to continue to have the option for virtual learning, and that executive order is necessary for that; it provides small business relief through liability immunity, telemedicine with Medicaid reimbursements, and it allows e-signatures at remote corporate meetings, as well as other things that are necessary during the management of this pandemic and for life to go on,” he explained.

He mentioned hospitalizations, saying that even though the hospitalization numbers are the highest they have been, that the coordination between hospitals and their management of space are still providing ample capacity. 

Growth rate charts of new cases in Arkansas between Oct. 4-10 show that by public health region, the Northeast had the highest percentage of new cases at 7.9%, followed by the Southeast at 6%, Central at 5.4% and the Northwest and Southwest, both at 5.1%. New cases by age group during that same time period show that the 65-and-older group has the highest percentage at 6.2%, followed by the 45-64 group at 6% and the 0-17 group at 5%. 

Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, ADH medical director for immunizations, said that the trend upward of hospitalizations and those requiring the use of a ventilator is “worrisome.” She urged Arkansans to get a flu shot, saying that 125 people died of influenza last flu season in Arkansas. There was an Arkansan who, in September, passed away from the flu while also having COVID-19. “The flu can cause a lot of hospitalizations, and this shot can do a lot to keep people out of the hospital,” she said, adding that COVID-19 “will be with us for a while, it will be with us through the winter, and we need to prepare and get our flu shots now.” She said that the flu shot generally takes around two weeks to provide protective immunity. 

Hutchinson commented that testing so far in October is higher than the state has had since the pandemic began, and that testing is a key part of the strategy to know where the virus is so it can be isolated to stop the spread.

He applaud businesses that are complying with the public health guidelines. ABC inspectors inspected 118 facilities and found a 96% compliance rate, he reported. “I want to encourage the public to shop and spend money with businesses that are safe,” he said. “That way we encourage compliance, we encourage those businesses that are really, sometimes a sacrifice to their own business, following the guidelines and understanding the public health benefit from that.”