15 More Confirmed Deaths From COVID-19 Brings Arkansas Total To 1,048

Sep 21, 2020

UAMS Medical Assistant Latondra Ford prepares to stick a swab into the nose of a man going through the hospital's drive-thru triage location on July 23.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas reported 15 more confirmed deaths Monday from COVID-19, along with one additional “probable” death.

The state Department of Health said Monday that brings the total number of confirmed deaths since the pandemic began in March to 1,048. Including probable cases, the state death toll rises to 1,197.

The number of new cases of people confirmed Monday to be infected with the virus was 596, for a total of 74,286.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is scheduled to give his weekly press briefing on the pandemic Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

In a written statement Monday, Hutchinson said:

We continue to see good testing numbers in Arkansas. Our antigen testing has already exceeded our monthly goal and our PCR testing is on pace to do the same. The Arkansas Department of Health continues to do outstanding work in identifying and tracing COVID-19 cases across the state. Tomorrow, I will talk about what we should do to prepare for the winter and discuss the latest White House report.

ANTIGEN TESTING:
Tests Sunday: 253
Positives Sunday: 20
Tests this month: 13,212

PCR TESTING:
Tests Sunday: 7,657
Tests this Monday: 156,284

CONFIRMED CASES:
Active cases: 6,299
Recoveries: 66,934

PROBABLE CASES:
Cases: 2,078
Active cases: 407
Probable deaths: 149