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For Immediate Release 10.15.2020

Governor Hutchinson Provides Today’s COVID-19 Update

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson provided today's update on Arkansas's COVID-19 response.

In its Thursday update, the Arkansas Department of Health reported 1,278 new cases; 8,424 active cases; 594 hospitalized, which is up 7 from Wednesday; 106 on ventilators, which is down 7 from Wednesday; deaths added today, 11, for a total of 1,645; a total of 96,524 cases; 82,529 recoveries; PCR tests, 10,786; antigen tests, 1,094.

The Health Department reported that the top counties for new cases are Pulaski, 83; Benton, 76; Washington, 65; Craighead, 61; and Sebastian, 55.

Governor Hutchinson released the following statement on today’s COVID-19 numbers:

“I expected the number of new cases to increase as we enter the last part of the week. This has been the pattern, but the cases reported today set a new record high. Our increased testing efforts allow us to find cases already present and react to them. Each one of us must be proactive in our individual efforts to help slow the spread of this virus.”

Here are today's COVID-19 statewide numbers:

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