Northwest Arkansas Healthcare Providers Release October 26 COVID-19 Update for the Region

Published Monday, October 26, 2020
by NWA Healthcare Community

On behalf of the Northwest Arkansas health care community, we are providing the following information to help inform and educate our region.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued a statewide order requiring people to wear face masks in public on July 16, 2020. The order requires masks when social distancing isn’t possible in the hopes of slowing the disease’s rapid spread in the state. We ask that everyone please continue to stay vigilant and practice physical distancing, face covering, and good hygiene, including hand washing, to slow the spread of COVID-19. If you have not already, please join our “Safe and Strong” Public Service Announcement (PSA) initiative. The PSA is in English, Spanish and Marshallese. Tools include video, audio, print and digital assets, all of which can be found at View our latest PSA video in both English and Spanish.

State Statistics:

The Arkansas Department of Health reported Friday there were 1,337 new cases in the state of Arkansas bringing the accumulated total cases to 104,135.

Regional Statistics:

Friday, Benton and Washington counties had 164 new cases, bringing our accumulated cases to 19,114. Taking our percentage of the state’s cases to approximately 18%.

Benton County: 75

Washington County: 89

Number of Patients:

Friday, Benton and Washington Counties had 57 patients in our COVID-19 units. These units are specially prepared to protect and care for the COVID-19 positive patients while also protecting and providing care for patients with other medical needs.

There were also 629 patients in our hospitals for medical needs other than COVID-19.


Friday, there were 32 ventilators in use supporting our patient’s needs. This includes both patients with COVID-19 and patients with other medical needs.

Intensive Care Units:

Friday, there were 102 ICU beds in use supporting our patient’s needs.

Screening and Testing: We want to remind you there are numerous screening and testing sites available and this information can be found here:

Thank you to Our Health Care Workers:

We ask that you keep our co-workers close to your hearts and in your prayers. Their work is hard, with risk to themselves, and they do it for you.

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