Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported 787 new COVID-19 cases in the state of Arkansas at his daily press conference today (Aug. 3), bringing the cumulative number to 44,597.
Sebastian County had the highest number of new cases with 87, Washington County had 66, Pulaski County had 54, Benton County had 42, Logan County had 37, Independence County had 32, Garland County had 29, Crittenden County had 28, Jefferson County had 25 and Mississippi County had 22.
According to the governor, the seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases for the northwest and central regions of the state have a downward trend. However, the northeast region is “not going in the right direction now” as officials have seen a rise in new cases.
“This should be a reminder to take action, to recognize that this virus could be in every part of the state,” he said, later adding that “there’s not any area of Arkansas that someone should be relaxed and say ‘this is a covid-free area’ or ‘it’s not going to touch us here.’”
While the number of hospitalizations due to the virus has declined from 515 to 513, the number of deaths has increased by 11 to 475.
Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero noted that the number of recoveries has increased by 664 to 37,240. There are 6,882 active cases with 6,408 in the community, 392 in correctional facilities and 80 in nursing homes.
Hutchinson also announced a 190,000 COVID-19 testing goal for the month of August in addition to 10,000 antigen tests. During the month of July, 194,836 COVID-19 tests were completed across the state.