As of today (June 25), the state of Arkansas has a cumulative total of 18,062 COVID-19 cases.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported an additional 687 new cases at his daily press conference with 579 in the community and 168 in correctional facilities.
The number of hospitalizations increased by 17 to 284 and there are 66 patients on ventilators. The number of related deaths also increased to 242, up two from yesterday
Washington County had 96 new cases, Benton County had 45, Pulaski County had 44 and both Lonoke and Sebastian counties had 26. The rest of the counties had under 20 new cases.
“[This] really shows that other than particular growth areas or high population areas, the cases are really spread throughout Arkansas in smaller numbers because of our increased testing as one of the reasons,” Hutchinson said.
There were 6,652 COVID-19 tests conducted within the past 24 hours. The state has conducted a total of 141,515 tests during the month of June.
Hutchinson also provided an update on the rate of COVID-19 testing in Benton and Washington counties, two of the counties with the highest number of new cases, compared to the state of Arkansas as a whole.
Approximately 1,200 residents per 10,000 are being tested in Benton County compared to 625 residents per 10,000 in Washington County. In the state of Arkansas, approximately 925 residents per 10,000 are being tested.
According to Hutchinson, testing in Washington County is “largely available in the same way it is in Benton County and across the state.” He noted that people might not get tested due to language or cultural barriers.
“So we want to look at that more carefully as to what do we need to do more,” Hutchinson said. “And that’s one of the things I hope the CDC team gives us some good council on.”
Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith said there are 5,695 active COVID-19 cases with 4,750 in the community, 841 in correctional facilities and 104 in nursing homes. There have been 12,127 who have recovered, up 559 from yesterday.
“It is good news that we are seeing a flattening of the curve in Benton and Washington counties,” he said. “And that gives us hope in even a situation where you have quite a bit of transmission going on in the community really driving the state’s increase [of cases] with a concentrated focused effort, we are able to flatten that out and hopefully we’ll be able to see that go down as well.”