Over 1,000 active cases; Ark. to test every nursing home patient, staff starting June 1

Dr. Smith said as of Tuesday there are 1,082 active cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas, with 630 in the community, 369 in correctional facilities, and 83 in nursing homes.

Over 1,000 active cases; Ark. to test every nursing home patient, staff starting June 1
Nursing Homes and COVID-19 (Source: MGN Online)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Nate Smith, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, updated the public Tuesday on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.

On Tuesday, Governor Hutchinson announced that on June 1, the state would test every nursing home patient, resident, and staff. Hutchinson said, “This additional testing will better protect our nursing home residents and our staff.” That’s an estimated 40-50,000 tests statewide.

Governor Hutchinson said active cases in Arkansas nursing homes are on a downward trend, with 192 nursing homes having zero cases.

Dr. Smith said as of Tuesday there 1,082 active cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas, with 630 in the community, 369 in correctional facilities, and 83 are in nursing homes.

Arkansas’ total cases of positive COVID-19 cases is 4.923, 78 people are currently hospitalized, and there have been 102 deaths statewide.

Of the new cases in Arkansas on Tuesday, 6 positive tests have come from barbershops, 10 from churches, 3 from daycares, and 4 from gyms.

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