April 28: 3,127 cumulative COVID-19 cases in Arkansas, to date; Active cases drop; Parks to begin reopening

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Cumulative Confirmed Cases: 3,127

Deaths: 57

Recovered: 1,216

Total Active Cases: 1,854

Total Tested: 43,321

Source: ADH Website

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NEA County Numbers:

  • Randolph County: 17 positive, 11 recoveries, 477 negative
  • Clay County: 3 positive, 0 recoveries, 219 negative
  • Cleburne County: 72 positive, 60 recoveries, 151 negative, 4 deaths
  • Craighead County: 70 positive, 38 recoveries, 788 negative, 0 death*
  • Crittenden County: 177 positive, 107 recoveries, 974 negative, 5 deaths
  • Fulton County: 1 positive, 0 recoveries, 48 negative
  • Greene County: 16 positive, 5 recoveries, 607 negative
  • Independence County: 9 positive, 5 recoveries, 152 negative
  • Jackson County: 1 positive, 1 recoveries, 67 negative
  • Lawrence County: 45 positive, 4 recoveries, 238 negative, 1 death**
  • Mississippi County: 14 positive, 8 recoveries, 103 negative
  • Poinsett County: 18 positive, 7 recoveries, 94 negatives
  • Sharp County: 6 positives, 3 recoveries, 39 negative
  • Don’t see your county? Click here to find it on ADH’s map.

* Many are asking why a Craighead County death was removed from the map. We do not have a precise answer but theorize that it may have been added to the county incorrectly, or the deceased resident lived somewhere else.
** See below for more accurate information regarding Lawrence County; The map has not been updated with several new deaths reported today

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United States: 1,012,582 positive

58,355 have died.

Global: 3,116,398 positive

217,153 have died.

Source: Johns Hopkins University.

Tracking the Growth

The latest numbers have been added to graphics by our friend Dr. Pat Carroll, who is helping us track new cases and active cases by date.

Graphics updated Tuesday night, April 28, by Dr. Pat Carroll
Graphics updated Tuesday night, April 28, by Dr. Pat Carroll

Tuesday press update from Governor Asa Hutchinson

A 1:30 PM press update is scheduled from the state capitol by the governor.


Delegation Applauds HHS For Awarding Over $45 Million in Additional Coronavirus Assistance to Arkansas Health Care Providers

 WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton—along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman—applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for awarding additional federal funds to hospitals and health care providers across Arkansas to help facilitate the coronavirus response in our communities.

The grants—totaling $45,092,991—come from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which became law with the support of the Arkansas delegation. The money was awarded to providers in Arkansas to support health care-related expenses or lost revenue attributable to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are pleased that HHS has continued to quickly provide much-needed aid to medical providers in Arkansas. Every provider has been impacted by this crisis and the effort to ensure that no one misses out on relief is greatly appreciated,” the delegation said.

This is the second wave of funding awarded to health care providers from the $100 billion appropriated by the CARES Act. It was distributed based on total revenue to ensure providers with a relatively small share of revenue coming from Medicare fee-for-service, such as children’s hospitals, received assistance as well.

Arkansas received $326,536,043 in the first wave of funding announced earlier this month. That money was awarded directly to health care providers in the state proportionate to providers’ share of Medicare fee-for-service reimbursements in 2019. This method was used to expedite money to providers in coronavirus hotspot areas and those struggling to keep their doors open due to cancelled elective services.

Sam’s Club makes $1 million donation to support small business

Funds have been set aside by Sam’s Club to assist small businesses hut by COVID-19, the company announced according to Talk Business & Politics. The money can be used to help with urgent expenses like paying rent or meeting payroll until they can resume normal operations. Sams is also asking customers to consider making donations to the LISC Rapid Relief and Resiliency Fund. Read more from Talk Business & Politics.

Tyson: Food supply chain is breaking down

The country could be facing a meat shortage with the coronavirus pandemic pushing the food supply chain to the brink of its limits. Not only could shortages of meat be in the future for grocery shoppers, but Tyson said there is also worry about a food waste issue.

“Farmers across the nation simply will not have anywhere to sell their livestock to be processed, when they could have fed the nation. Millions of animals – chickens, pigs and cattle – will be depopulated because of the closure of our processing facilities. The food supply chain is breaking.” wrote John Tyson in a blog post.

Read more from Bloomberg.

Smokers are catching COVID-19 less than non-smokers

Are smokers actually less likely to be susceptible to COVID-19? Some research is making scientists scratch their heads. Here’s what Slate reports:

“On April 3, scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an analysis of more than 7,000 COVID-19 cases in the United States, of which strikingly few consisted of smokers. Current smokers comprised only 1.3 percent of the cases and former smokers another 2.3 percent; by comparison, smokers make up about 14 percent of the general American population and about 8 percent of the population over 65. A more detailed multivariate analysis of more than 4,000 cases in New York, published as a pre-print by researchers at New York University on April 11, yielded similarly unexpected results: “Surprisingly, though some have speculated that high rates of smoking in China explained some of the morbidity in those patients, we did not find smoking status to be associated with hospitalization or critical illness.” A third study from a hospital in Paris found that current smokers were underrepresented in symptomatic and hospitalized cases. A fourth study from northern France, published as a pre-print on Thursday, also found smokers to be significantly less likely to test positive for infection. The authors note in the discussion section of the paper that the “protection associated with smoking in our study was very substantial (75% decrease in risk of infection), and deserves full attention.”

Read more from Slate

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Could End

A new article from Scientific American theorizes ways the pandemic could come to an end by studying history’s examples. Those methods, summarized, include learning to live with the disease, containment, and vaccine power.

Read more from the Scientific American.

1:30 PM

Announcement for restaurants coming Wednesday

Governor Asa Hutchinson reminded Arkansans today that an announcement would be made tomorrow (April 29, 2020) regarding reopening of restaurants and bars.

Arkansas State Parks

As of May 1, camping for instate resident RVs will be opening. Contactless check-in/check-out will be in effect. Campground bath houses will not be reopened.

As of May 15, park restaurants, museums, exhibits, retail, marinas and rental equipment will be open to a limited capacity with social distancing enforced.

Also as of May 15, cabins, lodges, and Rent-A-RV will be resuming with reservations limited to Friday through Monday for in-state residents only.

5:45 PM

Three deaths at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab as of this morning, State Rep says

The latest information from State Rep Fran Cavenaugh indicates that three have died at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab as of Tuesday morning. With 42 positive cases at the nursing home and another three at the hospital from the home, 48 residents there have tested positive in all. 21 staff have also tested positive.

Sumo donates a second round of masks

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Jonesboro mayor discusses next steps for our community

This article will be updated throughout the day on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 with coronavirus related headlines. Check back and refresh for the latest information. 

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