On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that Arkansas would receive $6,205,347 to support coronavirus preparedness and response, according to the agency’s website.
The announcement came on the same day that Arkansas’ first presumptive case of covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, was detected in Pine Bluff. The patient had an out-of-state travel history.
Symptoms of covid-19, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, have been mild for most people but severe or even deadly for some. The elderly and people with underlying health conditions considered most at risk.
Arkansas covid-19 cases distribution
The disease is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Spread generally occurs between people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet).
People can also catch covid-19 by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their face.
There is also evidence suggesting people can spread covid-19 without developing symptoms, although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes that people are most contagious when they have symptoms.
Active cases by day
Deaths by day
Hospitalizations by day
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Covid-19 cases in Arkansas counties
School districts statewide are working to slow the virus’s spread, prevent large outbreaks, and protect students, teachers and staff members.
The state health and education departments have provided recommendations, but no overarching mandate, on what districts should do to curtail the virus.
Universities in Arkansas also began reporting covid-19 cases with individual dashboards in August.
Community colleges continue mostly in-person instruction and universities largely are offering virtual and hybrid instruction.
Covid-19 cases in Arkansas school districts and colleges
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|College||Cumulative cases||Active cases||Fall 2018 Enrollment||As of date|
Nursing homes across the state have been in lockdown under federal orders to protect their residents.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced plans to test every Arkansas nursing home resident and worker for the coronavirus in June.
Covid-19 cases in Arkansas long-term care facilities
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Coronavirus infections have spread through more than a dozen prisons, jails and juvenile lock-ups in the state.
Officials have struggled to keep the virus contained even when they identified outbreaks, while prisoners and their families have accused the Arkansas Department of Corrections of bungling their response to the virus. Some have complained that prison officials have kept them in the dark about their loved-one’s illness.
In April 2020, Gov. Asa Hutchinson ordered a review of nearly 2,000 inmates who are serving time for non-violent and non-sexual offenses to determine which ones could be made eligible for early release. Of those, 730 had been released as of the end of June.
Covid-19 cases in Arkansas correctional facilities
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People who think they may have covid-19 should call their health care providers or schedule a test at a local health unit, according to the state Department of Health.
A health care provider will decide if a test is appropriate based on the symptoms and possible exposure to the coronavirus.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is also offering free online screenings and over the phone at (800) 632-4502.
For children, Arkansas Children's Hospital is offering drive-thru screenings and phone screenings at (800) 743-3616.
Coronavirus testing and screening locations in Arkansas
How Arkansas compares in testing
Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed legislation creating a $173 million rainy-day fund to respond to the coronavirus outbreak on March 28, 2020.
On March 30, 2020, Hutchinson announced that legislative leaders approved his administration's request to tap $45 million from the fund created by the General Assembly.
Larry Walther, secretary of the state Department of Finance and Administration, said $30 million of the request will be used to purchase personal protective equipment for the state’s hospitals, first responders, community health clinics and others whose work is critical to the response to the ongoing crisis.
An additional $13.5 million will be used to purchase more ventilators and associated parts and equipment as well as any shipping or freight charges required to equip the state’s hospitals with this life-saving equipment.
Cumulative covid-19 cases in the United States by state
Covid-19 cases in the United States by state
The outbreak in the United States first emerged in Washington state after a resident tested positive on January 20, 2020.
The first coronavirus-related death occurred in Northern California's Santa Clara County on February 6, 2020.
Cases have been discovered in all 50 states after West Virginia reported its first on March 17, 2020, although testing and reporting discrepancies exist among different states.
Tens of thousands of new cases are now being detected across the country each day.
Countries with the most covid-19 cases
Cumulative covid-19 cases 350 days since 100th case
The ongoing global pandemic can be traced back to November 2019 in Hubei, China.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised against all non-essential travel throughout most of Europe and Asia.
Currently, all international travelers arriving into the U.S. are advised to stay home for 14 days, monitor their health and practice social distancing.
About this page
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette updates this page daily using data from the Arkansas Department of Health, Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, The COVID Tracking Project and The New York Times.
Arkansas map is updated as data come in from state health department. Other graphics are updated 11:00 p.m. CDT each day.
Data compiled here only track number of confirmed cases. More cases most likely exist among individuals who have not been tested.
Please contact Brian Smith at [email protected] if you see information that you believe is out-of-date or incorrect.
Data visualization by Yutao Chen and Emily Walkenhorst
Lead photo by Stephen Swofford
Design and development by Yutao Chen