Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson held a primetime address Thursday
evening, discussing how Arkansas is responding to COVID-19 in
conjunction with the holiday season.
During his address, Hutchinson shared that Arkansas has tested more
than 40 percent of state’s population equating to 1.3 million
No new restrictions were announced for the state during the
evening’s conference ; however, Hutchinson shared that the emergency
orders related to the pandemic were set to expire this week. Due to
the approaching deadline, Hutchinson extended the orders for the
remaining days of 2020.
Hutchinson encouraged Arkansans to find or accommodate a way to
celebrate this year’s season differently than years past. He has
asked that gatherings be limited and if possible, hold gatherings
During the evening of the conference, the highest number of active
cases were reported for the state of Arkansas with 19,723 persons.
At press time, the number of active cases was 20,691 and a total of
187,057 cumulative COVID-19 cases in Arkansas since March of this
Arkansas has seen 163,351 recovered cases and unfortunately 2,656
deaths among confirmed cases. Of the total number of deaths, 1,295
were from nursing homes.
Within Scott County, Waldron Nursing Center saw an uptick of positive
cases with 34 residents testing positive in the past 14 days and 20
staff members testing both positive and currently active.
The total cumulative COVID-19 cases for Scott County is 470; 405
recovered cases; 61 active cases and four deaths.
Access to the COVID-19 reports may be found at