Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero provided a COVID-19 update from the Arkansas Department of Health; Gov. Asa Hutchinson is in Washington D.C. for a Council of Governors event today (August 6).
Romero reported 735 new COVID-19 cases with 691 in the community and 44 in correctional facilities, bringing the cumulative number of cases to 47,028.
“There are ten counties with equal to or more than 20 cases within the county,” he said. “Pulaski is at the top of the list with 73.”
Craighead County followed behind with 69, Sebastian County with 62, Poinsett County with 27, both Benton and Garland counties with 24, both Crittenden and Mississippi counties with 23, Green County with 22 and Saline County with 21.
While the number of hospitalizations declined from 516 to 514, there are 111 patients on a ventilator which is up five from yesterday. The number of deaths has also increased by seven to 515.
Furthermore, 39,555 cases are considered recovered and 6,958 are considered active with 6,339 in the community, 548 in correctional facilities and 71 in nursing homes.
When asked about the concern of reopening schools on August 24, Romero noted that “the numbers are not climbing significantly” right now.
“I think we’re fine to push forward to have in-school classes,” he said. “We are keeping an eye on this daily and weekly. We will make a decision if the numbers continue to rise significantly.”
He also pointed out that the use of masks will hopefully drive the number of new cases down.
Although it was originally stated that it would take two weeks from the statewide mask mandate to see results, Romero said “the new projections are that it will take another two weeks, so in about two more weeks we will have a better idea.”