LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Arkansas officials announced that elective procedures would resume in Arkansas next Monday.
As of 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, there were 2,392 reported cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas. Of those cases, 1,371 were deemed “active” COVID-19 cases.
Nearly 50 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, with over a dozen of those new cases reported in the Cummins Unit.
There are currently 97 people in the hospital and 44 deaths reported.
Earlier Wednesday, state officials reported one less death than what was reported on Tuesday. Dr. Nate Smith, of the ADH, said one death was reclassified due to the person being a Missouri resident.
Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that elective procedures can resume in Arkansas, effective Monday, April 27. The Arkansas Department of Health is working on finalizing the requirements surrounding who can undergo an elective procedure and how hospitals should proceed.
“We are moving in the right direction,” Gov. Hutchinson said in a media release. “I am encouraged with the trends we are seeing. If we stay on target, our desire and intent is to start lifting restrictions. But we’re going to be watching the data every day. We’re going to take it a step at a time.”
Dr. Nate Smith did announce that patients undergoing an elective procedure would also need to be tested for COVID-19.
Hutchinson said he believes the state is on track to meet the May 4 goal of lifting some restrictions. He announced the following timeline of announcements that will proceed the May 4:
- April 29: Announcement on restaurants
- April 30: Announcement on gyms
- May 1: Announcement on beauty and barber shops
- May 4: Places of worship and larger venues