LITTLE ROCK — The state saw a new one-day record increase Tuesday in deaths from the illness caused by the coronavirus, and the state’s cases surpassed 40,000.
Jackson County also had its first reported death from COVID-19, along with 55 total positive cases, 10 of which are active cases, as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website.
The report states 44 Jackson County residents have recovered from COVID-19 and 1,674 negative tests have been reported.
Six of Jackson County’s virus cases were prisoners at the Grimes Unit, with 5 recovered; 2 staff members with 1 recovered. Cornerstone Transition Home had 1 resident and one employee.
The Department of Health reported 20 more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the state’s total fatalities to 428. The state’s health secretary said six of those deaths didn’t occur within the last 24 hours.
A total of 734 new confirmed cases of the virus have been reported since Monday, bringing the state’s total to 40,181. The department said 6,565 of those cases are active, meaning they don’t include people who have died or recovered.
The true number of cases in Arkansas is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
The number of people hospitalized because of the virus increased by 12 to 501.