18 Total Deaths of COVID-19 for a Total of 946 Confirmed Cases in Arkansas as of 1:30 pm April 7, 2020

Governor Asa Hutchinson and Secretary Smith Confirm 71 New Cases of COVID-19 for a Total of  946 Confirmed Cases in Arkansas as of 1:30 pm as of April 7, 2020. Eighteen (18) Total Deaths and 2 Deaths from Cleburne County in Greers Ferry, 1 Death from Van Buren County in Fairfield Bay, and 1 death at White River Medical Center in Batesville in Independence County. At the time of this press Conference, the total was 946 (134 are health care workers), it breaks out as 21 children under the age of 18, 59 age 18-24,  265 age 25-44, 306 age 45-64,  237 over 65,(60% are women, 40% are men) and 74 Hospitalized, 26 ICU Patients and 61 are in nursing homes. 152 people have recovered.  A total of Eighteen (18) Deaths reported with COVID-19 two of deaths from Greers Ferry in Cleburne County, one death from Fairfield Bay in Van Buren County, one death at White River Health Center in Batesville in Independence County. 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

1,436 test given in the past 24 hours most test given in Arkansas to date

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


Notes from past News Conferences

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 171 positive cases, 965 negative cases
Cleburne County 65 positive, 92 negative cases
Faulkner County 52 positive, 545 negative cases
White County 27 positive, 190 negative cases
Van Buren County 21 positive, 65 negative cases
Pope County 18 positive, 734 negative cases
Stone County 5 positive, 29 negative
Independence County 5 positive, 49 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 Tuesday’s April 7, 2020, News Conference with Governor Asa Hutchinson