52 Total Deaths of COVID-19 for a Total of 3111 Confirmed Cases in Arkansas as of 1:30 pm Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Governor Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Nathaniel Smith, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, Confirm 94 New Cases of COVID-19 (20 positive cases from Cummings prison unit, total 860 and 51 staff now tested positive at Cummings prison unit) for a total of 3111 total Confirmed Cases in Arkansas with 1146 recovered, 1913 active cases as of 1:30 pm as of April 28, 2020.

At the time of this press Conference, the total was 3111, and 104 Hospitalized, 20 ICU Patients, with a total of 208 are in nursing homes and 115 staff.

Notes from today’s news conference

Reminder tomorrow April 29, 2020, will have a decision on lifting restrictions for Restaurants

May 1, 2020, Arkansas State Parks phase #1 opening for overnight stay of camping for in-state resident RV’s only, no bathrooms to be open.

May 15, 2020, Arkansas State Parks phase #1 open use of Cabins, Lodges, and Rent-A-RV, Reservations limited to Friday through Monday only to Allow for cleaning, In-State Residents only

May 15, 2020, Arkansas State Parks phase #1 opening the following to limited capacity and with social distancing enforced: Restaurants and Food Service Facilities, Museums and Exhibits, Retail including Visitor Centers, Gift Shops, and Golf Pro Shops, Marinas and Rental Equipment.

Counties confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Timeless 106.1 KFFB listening area as of 4-28-2020 at 5:00 pm :

Pulaski County 490 total positive cases, 242 active cases, 3,635 negative cases, Recoveries 232, 16 Deaths

Faulkner County 75 total positive cases, 21 active cases, 1,302 negative cases, 52 Recoveries, 2 Death

Cleburne County 72 total positive cases, 8 active cases, 151 negative cases, Recoveries 60, 4 Deaths

Pope County 42 total positive cases, 11 active cases, 1,373 negative cases, 31 Recoveries, 0 Deaths

Lonoke County 40 total positive cases, 17 active cases, 457 negative cases, 20 Recoveries, 0 Deaths

White County 31 total positive cases, 5 active cases, 381 negative cases, 25 Recoveries, 1 Deaths

Van Buren County 27 total positive, 3 active cases, 236 negative cases, 22 Recoveries, 2 Death

Conway County 12 total positive cases, 8 active cases, 250 negative cases, 3 Recovery, 1 Death

Independence County 9 total positive cases, 4 active cases, 152 negative cases, 5 Recoveries, 0 Deaths

Stone County 7 total positive cases, 0 active cases, 88 negative cases, 7 Recoveries, 0 Deaths

Searcy County 6 total positive cases, 1 active cases, 107 negative cases, 5 Recovery, 0 Deaths

Sharp County 6 total positive cases, 3 active cases, 39 negative cases, 3 Recovery, 0 Death

Baxter County 5 total positive cases, 1 active case, 234 negative cases, 4 Recovery, 0 Death

Izard County 5 total positive cases, 2 active cases, 55 negative cases, 3 Recovery, 0 Death

Notes from past News Conferences

Over 1,500 test given each day over the last three days

Proposed state Criteria percent of daily ER visits for COVID-19 like illness Arkansas is on the downward trend

Proposed state Criteria downward trajectory of documented cases or downward trajectory of positive tests, Arkansas is on the downward trend

Proposed state Criteria for Hospitals treat all patients without crisis care and robust testing program in place for at-risk healthcare workers, Arkansas has met this requirement

Department of Education is looking at all options moving forward with the Department of Health

2808 test has been given in the past 24 hours 4.1 were positive for a total of 34,745 tests given in Arkansas (From Thursday)

Goal for Dental procedures to be allowed as May 18, 2020 with directive

Another $1,000,000.00 will be given for loans for businesses

Arkansas Surge Campaign: Today and Tomorrow, Two-day surge Testing campaign, if you think you have symptoms like fever, cough, or shortness of breath get tested for COVID-19. Testing is available. Call your health care provider first, and follow their guidance. (Friday & Saturday, April 24-25, 2020)

Arkansas will lift restrictions of elective procedures effective on Monday, April 27, 2020,

April 29, 2020, will have a decision on lifting restrictions for Restaurants

April 30, 2020, will have a decision on lifting restrictions for Gyms

May 1, 2020, will have a decision on lifting restrictions for Salons and Barbers

May 4, 2020, will have a decision on lifting restrictions for places of worship and larger venues

The Economic task force will be lead by Stuart Walton

Arkansas is one of the top state testing per month per 1,000 people by state

Our goal is not just contact testing to more surveillance testing 

We are fighting the COVID-19 everyday, we must keep our social restrictions

Grandparents and Grandchildren (those contacts of those adults over 65 is at phase 3 of lifting restrictions)

Child Abuse Awareness Month (Hotline 1-844-SAVE-A-Child available 24/7)

May 4,  2020, date Arkansas is looking to lift some restrictions but, we will be still  social distancing and if you can not social distance wear a mask

May 4, 2020, is the target date for opening up the economy by lifting some restrictions during Phase 1

Under Phase One- Encourage Telework, Return to work in Phases, Close Common Areas, Minimize Non-Essential Travel, Strongly consider Special Accommodations for personnel who are members of a Vulnerable Population

Dr. Smith says we must be careful of a resurgence of COVID-19 if we are to open up our economy.

New website for unemployment ARunemployment.com (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Email Alert System scan me code on the new website)

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

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

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 28, 2020, News Conference with Governor Asa Hutchinson