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COVID Deaths Up More Than 50% In September, Case Numbers Up 31%

COVID-19 coronavirus
Michael Hibblen
An over-the-counter BinaxNow at-home test kit which has been hard to find since the latest surge of COVID-19 cases. The state is buying 1.5 similar at-home tests with the first shipment of 211,000 now ready to be distributed.

409 Arkansans died in September from COVID-19, according to figures from the Arkansas Department of Health, with the number of known cumulative cases rising more than 31% and the number of active cases up more than 26% in the month.

There were 1,223 COVID deaths in Arkansas on Sept. 30, up 50.2% from the 814 deaths on Sept. 1. There were 80,610 cumulative cases on Sept. 30, up 31.07% from the 61,497 on Sept. 1. The number of active cases was 6,373 on Sept. 30, up 26.5% from 5,036 on Sept. 1.

Wednesday’s ADH report also showed there are 83,697 known cumulative cases when combining the traditional PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test results with the quick-response antigen test results.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s statement on the ADH numbers reported Wednesday focused on the state’s positivity rate.

“Today’s numbers show a continued decline in our 7-day positivity rate with consistently high testing numbers each day. We have administered over 1 million COVID-19 tests since March and we have the infrastructure and supplies to increase our capacity as needed,” Gov. Hutchinson said.

New known COVID-19 cases, active cases, tests

  • 80,610 known cumulative cases, with 605 new community cases and 2 cases in correctional facilities
  • 3,087 “probable” cases, up from 2,752 on Tuesday
  • There are 6,373 active cases, down from 6,529 on Monday
  • There were 8,184 test results provided in the previous 24 hours
  • There were 1,405 antigen tests in the previous 24 hours with 219 positives


  • 1,223, up 19
  • 146 “probable” COVID-related deaths, unchanged 

Hospitalizations490, unchanged

93, down 4

Recovered cases

The top five counties with new known cases reported Wednesday were: Pulaski (51), Washington (43), Craighead (39), Benton (28), and Faulkner (26). The counties accounted for 31% of the 605 new community cases.

As of Wednesday at 4 p.m., there were 7,219,635 U.S. cases and 206,665 deaths. Globally, there were 33,799,264 cases and 1,010,381 deaths.

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