Gov. Asa Hutchinson provided new COVID-19 data for schools in the state of Arkansas. As of today (Aug. 27), there are 222 active cases in public school districts, 41 in higher institutions of education and zero in private schools.
The data for schools will be posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s website later. Furthermore, it will be updated two times a week on Mondays and Thursdays.
Hutchinson said this is “specific information in terms of positive COVID-19 cases in any school districts and the active cases as well.” However, only school districts with more than five positive cases will be reported due to privacy concerns.
The governor also pointed out that there are 480,000 students in the public school districts across the state, so the number of active cases was “no surprise at all” and reflected cases before school activity had started.
According to Arkansas Department of Education Secretary Johnny Key, there are 13 school districts that have 50 or more cases per 10,000 residents. Last week, there were 19 school districts.
Secretary of Health Dr. Romero reported 722 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the cumulative number of cases in Arkansas to 58,745. The number of hospitalizations decreased from 435 to 433, whereas the number of deaths increased by seven to 739. There are currently 99 patients on a ventilator.
Pulaski County had the highest number of new cases with 64. Benton and Sebastian counties followed behind with 37 each.
There were 6,682 test results reported from yesterday. Since the beginning of August, there have been 155,864 completed.
In terms of recoveries, the number has increased by 764 to 52,665. There are 5,341 active cases.