Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said there is no indication that Arkansas has reached the peak as he reported 1,410 COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths during a Monday afternoon press conference.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said there is no indication that Arkansas has reached the peak as he reported 1,410 COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths during a Monday afternoon press conference.

The total number of cases by 130 in the last 24 hours was the largest Arkansas has seen yet.

Over the weekend, Jefferson County saw three patients passed away from COVID-19 at JRMC, according to Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelly, which brought the total deaths to four locally.

On April 9, a black male in his 40s passed away and a black female in her 80s passed away. On April 10, a female in her 80s passed away.

Jefferson County Judge Gerald Robinson announced during the Quorum Court meeting last Tuesday, April 7, that Jefferson County had its first COVID-19 related death in Pine Bluff.

There are currently 74 patients hospitalized in the state and 989 active cases in Arkansas, according to Health Secretary Dr. Nate Smith.

Twenty-eight patients are on ventilators.

Smith said an average hospital stay is six to seven days with those on ventilators up to two weeks.

Of the 1,410 cases in Arkansas, 193 are healthcare workers, of which 58 have recovered.

Fifty-five positive COVID-19 cases are at the federal correctional facility in Forrest City, Ark. While Cummins Unit has had its first COVID-19 breakout in one of their barracks with 43 out of 46 inmates testing positive.

Smith said they are focusing testing on prisons, nursing homes and high-risk settings where the virus can spread rapidly in a congregated environment. Though contact tracing testing is important, Smith said it is not a priority due to them using their testing resources wisely

As summer is approaching Smith said he will be giving guidance for summer camps which he doesn’t recommend.

“It shouldn’t be a surprise,” said Smith. “Until everything is over and we are clear on this, this is something they should not plan.”

Hutchinson said as the curve flattens, that means an extension of the peak time period.

“It’s not a time to let up,” said Hutchinson. “It’s not a time to decrease our intensity on social distancing, avoiding gatherings of more than ten, and wearing face masks.”