COVID-19 cases rise in public schools, colleges and universities

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New known COVID-19 cases reported Friday (Oct. 30) were up compared to Thursday, but below the 1,337 record set the previous Friday, according to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). Confirmed and probably deaths rose by six to reach 1,900.

The ADH reported that confirmed and probable cumulative cases rose 1,162 to total 110,874 since the pandemic hit Arkansas in early March. Gov. Asa Hutchinson urged Arkansans to follow health safety guidelines during Halloween.

“Although our total of new cases today is lower than last Friday, we cannot grow weary in our preventative measures against this virus. As we go into the weekend, let’s all be mindful of the guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health on how to have a safe Halloween,” Gov. Hutchinson said in a statement.

The ADH on Thursday updated its report on COVID cases in educational institutions. The update showed an increase in active cases in public schools, and colleges and universities.

• Public schools (as of Oct. 29)
Cumulative active cases: 1,078, up from 962 on Oct. 26
Cumulative cases: 8,509, up from 7,968 on Oct. 26

• Private schools (as of Oct. 29)
Cumulative active cases: 40, down from 46 on Oct. 26
Cumulative cases: 497, up from 460 on Oct. 26

• Colleges and universities (as of Oct. 29)
Cumulative active cases: 404, up from 377 on Oct. 26
Cumulative cases: 6,079, up from 5,895 on Oct. 26

New known COVID-19 cases, active cases, tests
• 102,405 known cumulative PCR cases, with 789 new community cases and 28 cases in correctional facilities
• 8,469 “probable” cases, up from 8,124 on Thursday
• There are 7,829 active cases, up from 7,672 on Thursday
• There were 11,069 test results provided in the previous 24 hours.
• There were 1,329 antigen tests in the previous 24 hours with 250 positives.

• 1,735, up 5
• 163 “probable” COVID-related deaths, up 1

668, up 2

101, up 1

Recovered cases

The top five counties with new known cases reported Friday were: Benton (101), Washington (95), Pulaski (92), Sebastian (53), and Craighead (46). The counties accounted for 49% of the 789 new community cases.

As of Friday at 1 p.m., there were 8,982,804 U.S. cases and 229,096 deaths. Globally, there were 45,304,036 cases and 1,184,565 deaths.

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