COVID-19 Update Confirm 1,564 active cases with 115 Total Deaths in Arkansas as of 1:30 pm Saturday, May 23, 2020

Dr. Nathaniel Smith, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, confirm 1564 active cases, 4,096 Recoveries, for a total of 5,775 total Confirmed Cases.

At the time of this press conference, a total of 86 are Hospitalized, 17 ICU Patients, as of 1:30 pm as of May 23, 2020.

Counties with COVID-19 cases: broke out as total active (Counties Ranked by Active Cases), then by total positive, total negative, total recoveries and deaths in the Timeless 106.1 KFFB listening area (as of 6:00 pm on Saturday, May 23, 2020):

Pulaski County Active Positive: 130, Total Positive: 773, Recovered: 614, Deaths: 29, Negatives: 10,873

Pope County Active Positive: 54, Total Positive: 107, Recovered: 52, Deaths: 1, Negatives: 2,190

Sharp County Active Positive: 28, Total Positive: 42, Recovered: 12, Deaths: 2, Negatives: 283

Faulkner County Active Positive: 16, Total Positive: 100, Recovered: 81, Deaths: 3,Negatives: 2,687

Independence County Active Positive: 5, Total Positive: 29, Recovered: 24, Deaths: 0, Negatives: 681

Fulton County Active Positive: 3, Total Positive: 6, Recovered: 3, Deaths: 0, Negatives: 221

Lonoke County Active Positive: 2, Total Positive: 46, Recovered: 44, Deaths: 0,Negatives: 1,551

White County Active Positive: 2, Total Positive: 38, Recovered: 35, Deaths: 1, Negatives: 1,586

Izard County Active Active Positive: 1, Total Positive: 14, Recovered: 13,Deaths: 0, Negatives: 179

Conway County Active Positive: 1, Total Positive: 14, Recovered: 12, Deaths: 1, Negatives: 513

Baxter County Active Positive: 1, Total Positive: 6, Recovered: 5, Deaths: 0, Negatives: 532

Cleburne County Active Positive: 1, Total Positive: 73, Recovered: 68, Deaths: 4, Negatives: 590

Van Buren County Active Positive: 0, Total Positive: 28, Recovered: 26, Deaths: 2, Negatives: 436

Stone County Active Positive: 0, Total Positive: 8, Recovered: 8, Deaths: 0, Negatives: 209

Searcy County Active Positive: 0, Total Positive: 6, Recovered: 6, Deaths: 0, Negatives: 318

Jackson County Active Positive: 0, Total Positive: 1, Recovered: 1, Deaths: 0, Negatives: 216

Notes from past News Conferences

Pools, Splash pads, water parks and swim beach- Effective May 22, No entry if fever, symptoms or contact with positive patient, 50 percent capacity, 6-foot physical distancing in all areas, If needed, fewer entrances so overcrowding can be controlled, Markings to note distancing at slides, diving boards, anywhere with a line, Disinfect high touch areas frequently tables, chairs moved 6 feet apart(family groups can sit together, Maintain pool chemistry with twice-daily PH testing, Lifeguard training can begin today.

147 million dollars has been approved by the Arkansas Legislators for Arkansas Ready For Business Grant Program.

Executive order to help Gas & oil industry by wavers.

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

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 (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

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

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 After normal business hours and weekend calls, needing immediate response, please call 1-800-554-5738.


Watch Saturday‘s May 23, 2020, News Conference with Governor Asa Hutchinson