While the state of Arkansas has reached a cumulative number of 30,297 COVID-19 cases today, there were more recoveries than new cases. As a result, the number of active cases has declined.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported 568 new cases at his press conference with 486 in the community and 78 in correctional facilities. Yesterday, there were 5,146 tests completed across the state.
He pointed out that the state is investing more into the Arkansas Department of Health labs to continue increasing the testing capacity, but “it’s a challenge with a backlog in the commercial labs.”
The state has completed 80,862 COVID-19 tests so far this month which is less than half of the testing goal of 200,000 by the end of July.
There have been 13 additional hospitalizations, bringing the current number to 458. The number of patients on a ventilator is at 94. The number of related deaths increased by four to 335.
According to Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith, the number of recoveries increased by 679 yesterday to 23,523. There are 6,439 active cases with 5,330 in the community, 979 in correctional facilities and 130 in nursing homes.
“Because the number recovered is more over the last 24 hours than the number of new cases, our active cases have gone down which is a good thing,” Smith said.
In regards to where the new cases came from yesterday, Pulaski County had the highest number with 78, Sebastian County had 52, Washington County had 46 and Benton County had 38. All other counties had less than 20 new cases.