Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported 791 new COVID-19 cases in the state of Arkansas today (July 30), bringing the cumulative number of 41,559. While the number of hospitalizations has decreased by four to 504, the number of related deaths has increased by eight to 442.
The governor shared the graph on the seven-day rolling average of new cases, noting that “over the last six [or] seven days have been fairly flat, but we’d like to have it flat at a lower level which means you got to go down.”
Pulaski County had the highest number of new cases with 73, Sebastian County had 57, Benton County had 44, Garland County had 37, Independence County had 34, Jefferson County had 31, Pope County had 30, Craighead County had 29, Mississippi County had 23 and Faulkner County had 21.
According to acting Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero, there are 34,737 recoveries from the virus, up nearly 800 from yesterday. In terms of active cases, there are 6,580 with 6,184 in the community, 319 in correctional facilities and 77 in nursing homes.
Yesterday, 5,598 COVID-19 tests were completed. Since the first of July, there have been 181,456 tests completed.
“We did reach 180,000 mark, which means it is six percent of the population in Arkansas that we’ve tested this month and that’s a high water mark,” Hutchinson said, later acknowledging that it was a “cocky moment” when the monthly testing goal for July was increased to 200,000.