The state of Arkansas now has a cumulative number of 25,246 COVID-19 cases as of today (July 8).
State officials reported 734 new cases from yesterday with 104 in correctional facilities and 630 in the community.
Pulaski County had the most number of new cases with 87, Washington County had 72, Benton County had 60, Pope County had 46, Mississippi County had 39, Yell County had 32, Johnson County had 26 and Saline County had 21.
“That is out of testing numbers of 4,567,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said at his daily press conference and later adding, “the fact that it is spread out over the state gives us a chance to work our strategy in those counties. It’s also a significant alert to those counties that have not been in the top 10 counties previously that there’s not any place that is immune from this and we have to continue to be careful.”
The number of hospitalizations have decreased by 11 to 358, while the number of deaths have increased by four to 305. There are currently 79 COVID-19 patients in the hospital on a ventilator.
According to Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith, the number of recoveries increased by 671 from yesterday to 19,396. There are 5,545 active cases in the state with 5,070 in the community, 350 in correctional facilities and 125 in nursing homes.
Smith also provided an update on the cumulative rate of COVID-19 cases per 10,000 residents in the state by counties.
Sevier County is currently the top county with the highest cumulative rate of cases in regards to population.
“Even though it doesn’t have the greatest number of cases or the greatest number of new cases, on a population basis it’s our top on our top 10 cases in terms of overall cases,” Smith said. “We’ll be going to DeQueen on Friday and focusing on some of these smaller counties that have fewer cases but a large number of cases per population.”
The following counties below Sevier County were Yell, Washington, Crittenden, Benton, Pope, Pulaski, Faulkner, Sebastian and Saline, respectively.
Smith said, “This is just a different way of depicting similar data highlighting that we do have some counties that have not had large numbers of cases, but cases per population have been high which means there’s a risk there for those living in those counties…but clearly we also have these counties with high numbers of cases still Washington County, Benton County and Pulaski County.”