Arkansas Sees Highest Daily COVID-19 Spike; Over 2,000 New Cases In Two Days

Oct 16, 2020

Credit U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Arkansas saw its highest-ever single-day increase in new coronavirus cases Thursday with 1,278 people testing positive. 

The surge was followed by a second day of more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in the state, with 1,015 positive test results recorded on Friday. 

Both increases bring the state's total number of COVID-19 infections to 97,539, with 8,609 cases considered active. The state's death toll from the disease has risen to 1,665 resulting from 11 new deaths on Thursday and 20 on Friday. 

The number of Arkansans hospitalized decreased by four Friday for a total of 590, with 102 patients currently on a ventilator. Pulaski County recorded 74 residents testing positive Friday, followed by Washington County with 61 new cases and Craighead County with 53. 

The state recorded a total of 11,066 PCR tests Friday and 3,946 antigen tests. 83,174 Arkansans are considered to have recovered from COVID-19.