In the past 24 hours, more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Arkansas, marking a new high for single-day cases in the state since the beginning of the public health crisis.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson, speaking from White County on Friday, reported that there were 1,094 new cases added in a single day. This brings the cumulative total in the state to 64,175. Hutchinson called the increase a “dramatic exclamation point’ ahead of the Labor Day weekend.
Of the new cases, Washington County accounted for almost 20 percent. The county had 215 new cases – the most for any single county – which amounts to 19.65 percent of the total number. According to Arkansas Department of Health Secretary Dr. Jose Romero, a significant portion of Washington County’s COVID-19 cases came from college-age individuals. Romero said that 82 percent of the cases in the county, where the University of Arkansas is located, came from the 18-24 age range.
Craighead County, where Arkansas State University is located, also had a significant portion of its cases in the 18-24 age range. With 47 new cases, Craighead County had the fourth most cases among counties on Friday. Forty-three percent of the county’s cases were from the 18-24 age group.
The other counties rounding out the top five were Pulaski County at no. 2, Benton County at no. 3, and Jefferson County at no. 5. Pulaski had 87 new cases, Benton had 56 cases and Jefferson had 24 cases.
Despite the increase of cases, hospitalizations fell by 24. There are currently 4,422 individuals hospitalized due to COVID-19.
Deaths increased by 12, bringing the state’s total to 873.
Hutchinson emphasized the increased rate of testing over the past 24 hours. The state reported 11,254 tests in a single day. So far in September, there have been 24,252 tests conducted.