Although the state of Arkansas had started seeing a downward trend of new COVID-19 cases earlier this week, Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported the highest number of new cases in a single day today (July 2) at his daily press conference.
There are 878 new cases with at least 150 in correctional facilities and the remaining in the community, so the cumulative number of cases is 22,075. The number of active cases is now at 6,098 and the number of recoveries is 5,698 recoveries so far, up 535 from yesterday.
“We’ll see whether this is a trend or whether this is an isolated day,” he said. “We hope that this is an isolated day, but it gives us  new cases in which we can build on, isolate, trace and do what we need to do to stop the spread.”
Hot Spring County had the most number of new cases with 151, Washington County had 117, Pulaski County had 98, Benton County had 78, Sebastian County had 55, Faulkner County had 35 and Crawford County had 23. All other counties had less than 20 new cases.
Hutchinson noted that the Ouachita River Unit is located in Hot Spring County which accounts for many of the new cases.
The number of hospitalizations declined by three to 272 with 69 patients on a ventilator. However, the number of deaths increased to 279, up two from yesterday.
In terms of testing, there were 7,089 COVID-19 tests completed yesterday across the state.
Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith attributed the variation in positive cases to where the state is testing.
“I’m not going to say this is due to more testing, but our variation in the number of positive results is partly due to where we are testing,” said Smith. “I’m not saying that twice as many people were infected one day as opposed to the other, but we’re detecting them because we’re doing testing.”