Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported 794 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the cumulative number in the state of Arkansas to 29,733.
Pulaski County had the highest number of new cases yesterday with 111, Washington County had 68, Sebastian County had 52, Pope County had 41, Johnson County had 37, Benton County had 36, Craighead County had 29 and Faulkner County had 24. All other counties had less than 20 new cases.
Hutchinson reiterated the state’s strategy involves “testing, tracing and isolation of those that are positive and those that have been in contact with that” as well as “the individual responsibility of social distancing and wearing masks.”
“These are all critical elements that feed in together to have a comprehensive state strategy on reducing the spread [of COVID-19],” he said, later adding that the goal is to “save lives, reduce the burden on hospitals and allow movement of people for commerce, education and quality of life.”
There have been 75,445 COVID-19 tests completed across the state since the beginning of July. The state’s goal is to reach 200,000 tests by the end of the month.
The governor noted that “the federal delegation has written the vice president a letter in regard to asking for support expanding testing capacity in our commercial labs.”
According to Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith, the number of hospitalizations increased by six to 445 and the number of deaths increased by eight to 331. There are currently 91 patients in the hospital on a ventilator. The number of recoveries increased by 738 yesterday to 22,844 and the number of active cases is 6,558 with 5,457 in the community, 971 in correctional facilities and 130 in nursing homes.
Smith also provided an update on the seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases in Arkansas by region.
The northwest region has a “convincing downward trend” after peaking in mid-June, but it remains to be where the highest number of new cases are coming from over the past month.
The central region has seen a downward trend within the past week, but Smith pointed out his concern still with over 100 new cases in Pulaski County.
A more detailed breakdown of the counties within Central Arkansas will be provided at tomorrow’s press conference in Conway.
“Our real growth area has been in the southwest and those have been primarily in the correctional facility in Malvern,” Smith said.