Wednesday: Arkansas at 1,884 active; 59 deaths; Restaurants to begin dine-in service May 11

1:30 PM

Cumulative Confirmed Cases: 3,192

Deaths: 59

Recovered: 1,249

Total Active Cases: 1,884

Total Tested: Over 45,394

81 new cases; Montgomery County’s first case; 93 current hospitalized; 18 on ventilator; About 1/3rd of the deaths have been in nursing homes.

Source: ADH Website, Governor’s press conference

12 PM

NEA County Numbers:

  • Randolph County: 17 positive, 11 recoveries, 490 negative
  • Clay County: 3 positive, 0 recoveries, 221 negative
  • Cleburne County: 72 positive, 61 recoveries, 157 negative, 4 deaths
  • Craighead County: 70 positive, 39 recoveries, 833 negative, 0 death*
  • Crittenden County: 178 positive, 107 recoveries, 990 negative, 5 deaths
  • Fulton County: 1 positive, 0 recoveries, 68 negative
  • Greene County: 16 positive, 5 recoveries, 630 negative
  • Independence County: 9 positive, 5 recoveries, 164 negative
  • Jackson County: 1 positive, 1 recoveries, 70 negative
  • Lawrence County: 45 positive, 4 recoveries, 244 negative, 1 death**
  • Mississippi County: 14 positive, 8 recoveries, 173 negative
  • Poinsett County: 19 positive, 8 recoveries, 111 negatives
  • Sharp County: 6 positives, 3 recoveries, 44 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

1:30 PM

United States: 1,012,583 positive

58,355 have died.

Global: 3,130,191 positive

217,674 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

Restaurants to begin limited dine-in service starting May 11

Restaurants will be opened for limited dine-in service beginning on May 11, Governor Hutchinson announced on Wednesday.

In phase one, the governor said capacity will be limited to about 30% of restaurant’s normal limit. Strict social distancing guidelines will be enforced. Bars must still be closed at restaurants – for patrons – but can still serve drinks (just no congregating at the bar).


Phase three, which is down the road, will be when normal operations resume.

Arkansas Ready for Business Grant Program

A $15 million program to assist companies through this restart phase while building consumer confidence. All industry sectors are eligible. $1,000 per full-time employee, up to $100,000 per company. Eligible expenses include hand sanitizer stations, protective equipment, cleaning supplies, and other one-time expenses to help reopen.

Apply at

Arkansas State Parks to reopen

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.

Three deaths at Walnut Ridge nursing home as of Tuesday, 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.

As of this update, ADH’s website does not reflect those numbers and still reports 45 positives and only one death.

Jonesboro mayor discusses next steps, including lifting curfew

Mayor Harold Perrin announced Tuesday evening the next steps for Jonesboro that include helping the local economy get back to vibrancy, lifting the nighttime curfew, and an ongoing assessment of city finances. The mayor said the curfew would be lifted on Friday, May 1.

This article will be updated throughout the day on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 with coronavirus related headlines. Check back and refresh for the latest information. 

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