Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported 703 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the cumulative number of cases in the state of Arkansas to 51,114.
Pulaski County had 78 new cases, Logan County had 47, Sebastian County had 43, Garland County had 42, Jefferson County had 33 and Pope County had 30. Washington, Craighead, Mississippi, Crawford and Crittenden counties had between 20 to 30 new cases.
While the number of hospitalizations has decreased by 21 to 486, the number of deaths has increased by seven to 573.
Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero reported 43,816 recoveries, up 818 from yesterday. There are 6,725 active cases with 5,915 in the community, 741 in correctional facilities and 69 in nursing homes.
Yesterday, 4,401 COVID-19 tests were completed.
Hutchinson pointed out again that the national demand on the commercial labs is delaying production and “hurting the information flow here in the state.”
The governor announced that he signed a letter of intent with the Rockefeller Foundation and other states.
“We are going to work as a consortium of states to enhance the buying power of states with our commercial labs to strengthen our place in the marketplace,” he said. “So that we can give them confidence that they can expand [and] they know the demand is there because the states have committed to that demand.”