The state COVID-19 reporting page at 12:45 p.m. today showed the state had topped 5,000 confirmed cases and also that the number of deaths had risen by five from the 102 reported at the governor’s midday news conference Tuesday.
I’m hesitant to draw a comparison between the total case number and yesterday’s count of 4,923 because it’s not always clear what periods of time are covered. Often, the numbers on the website are lower than what the governor announces at his 1:30 p.m. daily briefing.
But the number is up from yesterday.
No briefing is scheduled today. Gov. Asa Hutchinson is meeting in Washington with Donald Trump, but Health Department officials will handle the 1:30 p.m. briefing. No word yet if he’ll Zoom into a 4 p.m. meeting of the steering committee that advises the governor on spending federal virus relief money. The governor’s employees hold a majority of the seats, so it reflect his views as a rule, though legislative members sometimes chime in with different viewpoints.
UPDATE: 5,003 will be the midday count today and the rise in 80 is, with one exception, community-based cases. Pulaski County again led the new-case count, with 10, and Crittenden County had nine. Four of the five new deaths were nursing home residents.
Observation during the daily chart presentation: If you eliminated the period when the hundreds of Cummins prison cases rolled in, all the indicators are generally moving upward, though not dramatically in recent days.
95,000 people have been tested, with positive percentages in the 2 percent range in recent days, but higher than that cumulatively — more than 5 percent.
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Health Director Nate Smith said an announcement would come Thursday when the governor returns on the guidance for overnight summer camps and youth sports.
UPDATE: ADH spokeswoman Meg Mirivel said overnight camping can resume May 24 for counselors and May 31 for campers. The governor will go into more detail on the camp directives tomorrow.