The number of new cases of Covid-19 in Arkansas increased late Friday to 100, up from the 96 announced at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily briefing earlier Friday, and the 62 cases reported on Thursday. The new cases include 13 at three long-term care facilities.
According to a news release from the Arkansas Department of Health, the department is working closely with the Arkansas Department of Human Services and the Arkansas Healthcare Association to address cases of COVID-19 in three nursing homes across the state. The nursing homes affected are The Villages of General Baptist West in Pine Bluff, the Briarwood Nursing Home and Rehab in Little Rock and Apple Creek Nursing and Rehab in Centerton.
Currently, the department is aware of one patient that tested positive for COVID-19 at both Apple Creek Nursing and Rehab and The Villages of General Baptist West. Thirteen cases, including patients and staff, have tested positive at Briarwood Nursing Home and Rehab in Little Rock. ADH is currently screening all other staff and residents for COVID-19 at Briarwood, and ADH staff are now onsite at Briarwood.
People above the age of 65 are at a higher risk for serious complications from COVID-19. In an effort to limit exposure to COVID-19, ADH issued a directive on March 13, 2020, prohibiting visitation to nursing homes, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities, post-acute head injury retraining and residential care facilities, and any other facility that provides long-term medical or personal care. Anyone needing to enter one of these facilities is subject to screening. The directive is in place until April 12.
Watch Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily briefing: