Arkansas has exceeded 5,000 cases of COVID-19, according to state officials.
Arkansas Department of Health Dr. Nathaniel Smith told reporters on Wednesday May 20 that Arkansas had a cumulative total of 5,003 COVID-19 cases. Currently, there are 1,044 active cases in the state and there have been 3,852 recoveries.
Since May 19, there have been 80 new cases reported. Of that total, 79 cases occurred in the community and one is a correctional facility. Officials reported a total of 4,925 cases yesterday.
Recoveries increased significantly over the past 24 hours, according to Smith. There were a 113 reported recoveries made – more than the number of new cases.
“So, we’ve actually had more people recover in the last 24 hours than we have new cases,” Smith said.
Arkansas’ death total had a spike on Wednesday, increasing by five. This brings the state’s death total to 107, compared to 102 on Tuesday. Four of the five individuals were in nursing homes.
Hospitalizations increased slightly on Wednesday, rising by one. The total number of hospitalizations currently sits at 79. There are also 16 individuals on ventilators, an increase of two from yesterday.
At the global level, there have been 4,955,312 COVID-19 cases confirmed, according to Johns Hopkins University. A total of 188 countries and regions have reported infections. There have been 325,810 deaths attributed to COVID-19 as of May 20.
The United States is the worldwide leader in number of COVID-19 cases with 1,541,110 confirmed cases. The United States has more than 1.2 million more cases than the country with the second-most number cases. Russia has reported 308,705 COVID-19 cases – or 1,232,405 cases less than the United States.