As of May 28, there are 1,830 confirmed active cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas with 1,385 of them within the community. This also marks the highest peak in COVID-19 community cases to date with 261.
The first peak in community cases occurred on May 20 with 226.
In the past, both Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith have attributed the increased testing as a reason for the peaks in cases.
“Clearly, we wouldn’t know about this number of cases if we were not doing increased testing, so testing is very related to being aware of this,” Hutchinson said at his daily press conference on May 28. He added, though, that there is a “second wave” in cases, especially in Northwest Arkansas where the state has tested before.
“It’s a combination of expanded information through testing with the spread of the virus in that Northwest Arkansas area,” Hutchinson said.
When asked if he expects any peaks in the future, Hutchinson said “one thing the public health team has taught me is that we have never been through anything like this before.”
“There is not any way to gauge history and say what is going to happen, so there are a lot of unknowns in the future,” he said. “What we do know is that we need to make sure that we protect ourselves, protect others…[and] follow the guidelines, particularly, in social distancing because we want to move, we want to work, we want to live and to do that, you’ve got to be able to do the social distancing.”
Although he does not expect to make social distancing guidelines a directive in the state, Hutchinson is reminding Arkansans to follow them.
“Our strategy has been let’s educate, let’s inform and let’s ask Arkansans to use their common sense, and once they know, by and large, they make good decisions,” Hutchinson said. “Sometimes, we have to remind them and we will continue to do that.”