Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported 358 new COVID-19 cases today, June 4, at his daily press conference and provided a regional breakdown of where the new cases are coming from in the community. With only two of the new cases in correctional facilities, 356 are in the community.
Northwest Arkansas had the most significant number of new COVID-19 cases with 234, or 65.4 percent of the total new cases today.
Central Arkansas had 10.3 percent of the new COVID-19 cases with 37. Northeast Arkansas followed closely behind with 8.7 percent, or 31 new cases. Southwest Arkansas had 5.3 percent of the new COVID-19 cases with 19. Southeast Arkansas had the lowest number of new cases with 12, or 3.4 percent.
There is missing information for 25 counties in Arkansas.
Hutchinson noted the different regional COVID-19 trend lines and “the epidemics in Arkansas that are coming and going at different points.”
He shared the seven-day rolling average of new cases for each region as well.
The northeast region in Arkansas has had a modest amount of new cases with 20 to 30 each day since mid-May.
The northwest region is experiencing its first wave of COVID-19 cases. The number of new cases in the region had been consistently low March through mid-May. It started rising then and the region has since had at least 50 new cases each day since May 22.
“Whereas statewide, if you look at the numbers, we had one peak in April. [Northwest] didn’t really have a peak and now they are peaking, here, in June,” Hutchinson said.
The southwest region has been seeing an increase in new cases primarily in DeQueen and Sevier County.
Central Arkansas is more reflective of the statewide results with a peak in April and then leveling out.
The southeast region had two peaks, the first one in mid-April and the second one in mid-May. The number of new cases every day since May 22 have been fairly low.
“Each one of them has a different trend line, a different epidemic, a different time frame and, of course, we are looking at the ones that are spiking right now as the areas of great concern,” said Hutchinson.
He noted that the Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith will provide a breakdown on the daily testing efforts by region will be shown in the next few days. He will also have a report tomorrow, June 5, on the 190 new cases from Monday, June 1 and what the state’s contact tracing efforts show.