March 21: 118 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas

Just before 1 PM Saturday, new numbers for Arkansas showed 118 confirmed cases. However, the number of persons under investigation has actually gone down from 203 Friday to 154 Saturday at 12:47 PM.

People being monitored have also decreased from 548 Friday to 501 Saturday.

These numbers are directly sourced from the Arkansas Department of Health, found here.

Status Update as of March 21, 2020, 12:47pm
Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas 118
Arkansas Department of Health Lab positive test results 73
Commercial lab positive test results 45
Persons Under Investigation (PUI) 154
Persons being monitored by ADH with daily check-in and guidance because of an identified risk 501
Past PUIs with negative test results 567
Arkansas Department of Health Lab negative test results 354
Commercial Lab negative test results 213

Cleburne County is now the second-most hard hit county by COVID-19 with 22 cases. However, no new counties were announced in NEA as being found to have a positive case as of Saturday in the noon hour.

ADH has activated a call center to answer questions from health care providers and the public about the novel coronavirus. During normal business hours (8:00am – 4:30pm), urgent and non-urgent calls, please call 1-800-803-7847 or email After normal business hours and weekend calls, needing immediate response, please call 1-800-554-5738.


2:00 PM

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson provides Saturday update


  • Says Arkansas is expected to hit the peak of 1,000 hospitalizations in six to eight weeks.
  • Nine children (18 years of age or less) infected
  • 13 of the 118 patients are hospitalized – 7 have needed ICU admission – 4 have been on a ventilator during the visit
  • Expect guidance for hospitals considering use of resources for elective procedures to conserve PPE, open hospital beds, and reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread. Will apply to urban areas, not more rural hospitals yet.
  • Governor says no plan to shut down construction, manufacturing and the current hope is that it will not be necessary
  • Governor says state taxes are unlikely to be extended to July 15 because the fiscal year ends on June 30; Says more work is to be done before he has a definitive answer but indicated the state filing deadline could be adjusted.

White House Press Briefing (from earlier)

This story will be updated with additional headlines throughout Saturday, March 21. Check back and refresh for the latest. 




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