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Arkansas Total Cases: 73,211
Cases Today: 992
Total Deaths: 1,166
Total Recoveries: 65,941
Current Active Cases: 6,100
(Active Cases = total cases minus recoveries and deaths.)
The best way to compare how Arkansas is doing vs. the other states is to look at the number of cases per 100,000 population, so we’re “comparing apples to apples”. The map below, from the US Centers For Disease Control (select the Cases Per 100,000 tab on that page), shows the current number of cases, by state, per 100,000 population. Select the map to enlarge it…
CDC definition of when a person is deemed to have recovered from a COVID-19 infection:
This map shows ACTIVE cases adjusted for county population, so it’s an excellent way to see where the real “hot zones” are in Arkansas.
Data Source For Graphs Below: Arkansas Department of Health as of 9/17/2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Arkansas’s Positivity Rate, charted below, is the percentage of people who test positive for the virus, out of the total number of people tested — showing how many of those tested are actually infected. The higher your positivity rate, the more common COVID-19 is among your population.
The World Health Organization (WHO) advised governments that before reopening, positivity rates should remain at 5% or lower for at least 14 days.
Arkansas governor Hutchinson hopes to keep the Arkansas positivity rate below 8%. The dashed “trend line” on the chart below shows Arkansas’s overall average positivity rate. In comparison, in early July Miami-Dade County Florida had a positivity rate of 26%, meaning 26% of people tested were positive for COVID-19.