Arkansas has received its first shipment of Covid-19 rapid at-home test kits, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday. Last month, Hutchinson directed the Arkansas Department of Health to acquire 1.5 million rapid at-home tests to be available for free to Arkansans.
The tests are available at local public libraries, public health units, and other locations. You can find a map of at-home test pick-up locations HERE.
Hutchinson said the tests are in high demand. He said the state is expecting additional supplies based upon the state’s purchase of at home tests.
The cost of the tests is around $10 million and will be covered by existing funds available in the covid response budget.
Hutchinson requested $50 million be distributed to hospitals around the state to fund extra beds which will be used to help with the surge in covid-19 hospitalizations. The proposed plan includes adding 98 covid ICU beds and 167 covid medical beds to be funded for timelines of 28-45 days based on the recommendations from the Arkansas Department of Health.
Total active cases have doubled since last week, rising from 32,000 cases to over 64,000 cases since last Tuesday. Hospitalizations have increased by 373 since last week.
Southeast Arkansas Cases
as of January 13, 2022
Cumulative Positives: 3,920
Cumulative Positives: 2,302
Cumulative Positives: 2,362
Cumulative Positives: 1,778
Cumulative Positives: 2,428
Cumulative Positives: 3,535
Cumulative Positives: 4,259
— Arkansas Department of Health