18 Total Deaths in 9 Counties of COVID-19 for a Total of 1023 Confirmed Cases in Arkansas as of 1:30 pm April 8, 2020 updated

Governor Asa Hutchinson and Secretary Smith Confirm 77 New Cases of COVID-19 for a Total of  1023 Confirmed Cases in Arkansas as of 1:30 pm as of April 8, 2020.

A total of Eighteen (18) Total Deaths and 4 Deaths from Cleburne County, 1 Death from Conway County, 1 Death in Crittenden County, 1 Death in Faulkner County, 1 Death in Jefferson County, 1 Death in Lawrence County, 7 Deaths in Pulaski County, 1 Death in Saline County, and 1 Death from Van Buren County.

At the time of this press Conference, the total was 1023 (147 are health care workers), it breaks out as 21 children under the age of 24, 69 age 18-24,  310 age 25-44, 368 age 45-64,  252 over 65, (57.5% are women, 42.5% are men) and 76 Hospitalized, 30 ICU Patients and 68 are in nursing homes. 208 people have recovered. The state’s death toll now stands at 18. Of the Total Deaths, there were 14 over 65, 4 under 65 according to Dr. Nate Smith with the Arkansas Department of Health.

Notes from today’s news conference

814 test given yesterday 6.6 % were positive

3 Million dollars distributed for short term loan program another 1 million dollars will be given

Unemployment over 110,000 easiest way to apply is online

Unemployment for self-employed and contract labor will take time a new system is being installed, be patient.

Notes from past News Conferences

Arkansas has the lowest hospitalized for COVID-19 per 100,000 compared to all surrounding states

Arkansas Heart Hosptial is donating 500 COVID-19 test for Health Care Workers

Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the School year, no in-school instruction, Sr’s will graduate, AMI will be continuing,  for 2019-2020 school year

Our social distancing is working continue and if you can not social distance wear a mask

Arkansas has just sort of 800 ventilators as of Monday, April 6, 2020

New Executive order for commercial lodging and hotels – no recreational travelers allowed

Golfing is allowed with restrictions

Dr. Smith encouraging folks to be outside because of ultraviolet light decreases transmission for a wide variety of germs

If you think you have CORID-19 do not go to the Doctor or Emergency Room you must call UAMS first 800-632-4520

If you are unemployed text the word, “unemployment” to 501-376-1111

State Parks will be closed for overnight visitors to day time only

The highest risk demographic are those over 65 and those with medically compromised condition

Very concerned about nursing homes

Other News:

Top Counties 9 Counties confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Timeless 106.1 KFFB listening area:

Pulaski County 179 positive cases, 1003 negative cases
Cleburne County 67 positive, 94 negative cases
Faulkner County 55 positive, 578 negative cases
White County 27 positive, 190 negative cases
Van Buren County 21 positive, 65 negative cases
Pope County 20 positive, 751 negative cases
Stone County 5 positive, 38 negative
Independence County 5 positive, 54 negative
Searcy County 6 positive, 58 negative

Counties with one to 4 COVID-19 cases in the Timeless 106.1 KFFB listening area:

Baxter County
Conway County
Woodruff County

ADH has activated a call center to answer questions from health care providers and the public about the novel coronavirus. During normal business hours (8:00 am – 4:30 pm), urgent and non-urgent calls, please call 1-800-803-7847 or email ADH.CoronaVirus@arkansas.gov. After normal business hours and weekend calls, needing immediate response, please call 1-800-554-5738.


Watch Wednesday’s April 8, 2020, News Conference with Governor Asa Hutchinson