New Arkansas COVID-19 Cases Top 1,100, With Almost 10,000 Test Results Reported

Sep 17, 2020

File photo of a North Little Rock Police officer being tested for the coronavirus at UAMS on July 23, 2020.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Department of Health on Thursday reported more than 1,100 new COVID-19 cases, with 223 of those coming from antigen testing. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the increased testing will help the state “reduce the spread of the virus.”

The report shows a record 9,656 tests, with 7,910 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests – the more accurate testing process – and 1,746 antigen tests. The testing results showed 883 new known COVID-19 cases and 223 positive antigen tests for a combined 1,106 positive cases.

“The increased use of antigen point-of-care testing is encouraging. This shows our investment in point-of-care testing is helping address the new demand for rapid tests on our K-12 and college campuses,” Gov. Hutchinson said in a statement. “Today’s report includes almost 10,000 tests between the PCR tests and the antigen tests. Of course, this means we identified new cases, and this will allow our more than 770 contact tracers to do their work and reduce the spread of the virus. Right now, we are concentrating on identifying communities that have an increased level of spread and encouraging stricter compliance with our health guidelines.”

COVID REPORT – Sept. 17

New known COVID-19 cases, active cases, tests:

  • 71,614, with 831 new community cases, 52 new cases in correctional facilities
  • 1,597 “probable” cases, up from 1,488 on Wednesday
  • There are 5,726 active cases, up from 5,572 on Thursday
  • There were 7,910 test results provided in the previous 24 hours
  • There were 1,746 antigen tests in the previous 24 hours with 223 positive results. 

Deaths:

  • 1,018, up 8 
  • 148 “probable” COVID-related deaths, up 9 

Hospitalizations: 389, up 2 

Ventilators: 72, up 7

Recovered cases: 65,941 

The five counties that accounted for 33.6% of the 831 new community cases reported Thursday were: 

  • Pulaski - 67
  • Sebastian - 60
  • Washington - 54
  • Benton - 34
  • Craighead - 32
  • Jefferson - 32

As of Thursday at 2 p.m., there were 6,650,570 U.S. cases and 197,244 deaths. Globally, there were 29,976,621 cases and 942,758 deaths.