As students go back to school, Gov. Asa Hutchinson gave a recap of the state’s numbers from over the weekend and today (Aug. 24).
Hutchinson noted that many schools have been adjusting quickly to the pandemic, whether it is the installation of a higher standard of air filtration systems, to continuously wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. Additionally, Hutchinson and legislators have been working to address broadband access issues for rural students not just during the pandemic, but in the long term.
Hutchinson acknowledged that these last few months have been plenty of changes but said he is proud of the state’s ability to handle the pandemic in stride.
“I am so proud of Arkansas. I am so proud of our young people and our adults who have adapted to this situation.”
The state saw a large spike on Friday of 887 news cases. This dropped over the weekend, with 547 new cases Saturday, and 375 new cases on Sunday. There were over 6,200 tests conducted on Saturday, and just under 6,000 on Sunday.
Today, there were 320 new cases, 11 of which were in correctional facilities, bringing the state’s total to 56,894.
Hospitalizations went down 34, totaling 466. Two people have been taken off of ventilators, leaving 106 on ventilation. Deaths increased by nine, making the total of deceased Arkansans 696. One of these deaths was a delayed report. No clusters in outbreaks are being reported.
In the last 24 hours, 4,629 tests were conducted. The active cases count is currently at 5,509. Pulaski County leads the state with 46 active cases, followed by Faulkner County at 36.