The state of Arkansas had a decline in the number of hospitalizations and active cases on July 1 – the first instance of declining numbers after weeks of rising cases.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported 420 new COVID-19 cases at his daily press conference, bringing the cumulative total number of cases to 21,197.
At least 33 of the cases were in correctional facilities and the remaining were in the community.
Saline County had the most number of new cases with 69, Pulaski County had 49, Washington County had 48, Yell County had 28 and Benton County had 20. All other counties had less than 20 new counties.
In regards to hospitalizations, the number declined by 15 to 275 with 72 patients on a ventilator. However, the number of deaths increased by seven to 277.
The state is continuing to increase its testing efforts with a total number of 180,595 COVID-19 tests completed during the month of June, which exceeds the state’s testing goal of 120,000.
“We finished the month out strong,” Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith said. “We not only exceeded our goal of 120,000 tests for the month of June, we actually exceeded what was going to be our goal for next month of 180,000.”
There are 5,757 active COVID-19 cases with 5,079 in the community, 525 in correctional facilities and 153 in nursing homes. The number of recoveries have increased by 632 to 15,163.
Smith provided more specific information on the hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients as well.
As of June 25, there were 1,300 individuals who had been hospitalized with the virus. According to Smith, 860 individuals, or 66.2 percent, had been discharged and 263, or 20.2 percent, were still in the hospital. There have been 177 individuals, or 13.6 percent, who have died in the hospital from COVID-19.
The number of patients ever on a ventilator due to the virus is 203. So far, 94 individuals have died, 57 individuals have been taken off a ventilator and 52 individuals are still on a ventilator.
“This is the sobering reality of what severe COVID-19 can result in,” Smith said. “This tells probably the biggest story of
According to Smith, the ventilator numbers show “the sobering reality of what severe COVID-19 can result in.” Although the virus often results in respiratory issues, Smith pointed out that other severe non-respiratory complications can occur with the virus such as blood clots, neurological problems and heart disease.
“I don’t want to be a downer today on a day where we have lots of good news in terms of trends,” he said. “But I wanted to make that clear that the reason why we’re talking about masks and preventing this is because this is a serious condition that can change lives as well as end lives.”
Smith later added that “fortunately those [non-respiratory complications] are not super common, but they are common enough with the number of people infected that people need to know about those.”