Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported a lower number of new cases today during the Wednesday, June 3 press conference. There are 249 new cases, four are in correctional facilities and the remaining are in the community, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 8,067.
This is a drop from yesterday’s new cases, when officials reported 375 cases.
However, there are 138 hospitalized with 30 on a ventilator. June 3 marks the fourth day increase in the number of hospitalizations. There are also six additional deaths, bringing the number of deaths related to COVID-19 to 142.
According to Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith, there are currently 2,208 active COVID-19 cases with 2,051 in the community, 102 in nursing homes and 55 in correctional facilities. There have been 5,517 recoveries so far, up 150 from yesterday.
In terms of the new cases, there are 33 in Pulaski County, 28 in Washington County, 23 in Sevier County, 20 in Benton County and 18 in Crittenden County.
The state is also continuing to test individuals for COVID-19 across the state. Yesterday, there were 3,872 COVID-19 tests conducted and had a 4.8 percent positivity rate. As of the third day of June, the state has conducted a total of 7,717 COVID-19 tests. Hutchinson has set a goal of 120,000 tests for the month of June.
Part of the state’s testing efforts involves all of the nursing homes, alternate living facilities and Department of Human Services facilities. In partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health, Department of Human Services and Arkansas Health Care Association, testing will be scheduled and coordinated with each facility.
LabCorp will be conducting the testing at each facility. Approximately 55,000 residents and staff members will be tested. Facilities that were previously tested after May 25 will not be retested as of now.
Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Human Services Cindy Gillespie said approximately 800 tests will be conducted at the Arkansas Health Centers and nearly 3,000 tests at the Human Development Centers across the state.
The Arkansas Health Centers will be tested June 9 through 11 and the Human Development Centers will be tested the following week between June 15 and 17.