Over 10% of Arkansans tested for COVID-19 in October

LITTLE ROCK – In his daily update on Arkansas’ COVID-19 response Wednesday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said, “Today we reached over 300,000 total tests for the month of October. This means that over 10% of the population of Arkansas was tested for COVID-19 in the past 27 days. This could not have been accomplished without the remarkable work from the Arkansas Department of Health and its partners. While our new case numbers today are lower than they were last Wednesday (1,155), we still have to be disciplined, watch out for our neighbors, and follow the public health guidelines.”In its Wednesday update, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) reported 961 new cases; 9,303 active cases; 662 hospitalized, which is down 14 from Tuesday; 99 on ventilators, which is up five from Tuesday; and 18 deaths were added Wednesday for a total of 1,875. In addition, ADH reports a total of 108,640 cases; 91,441 recoveries; 7,105 PCR tests and 1,457 antigen tests.The Health Department reported the top counties for new cases are Benton, 79; Pulaski, 66; Washington, 50; Craighead, 44; and Greene, 41.

Here are Wednesday’s COVID-19 statewide numbers:

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