The state of Arkansas continues to see a rise in the number of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported 1,011 new COVID-19 cases at his daily press conference today (Aug. 7). The number of hospitalizations has increased by nine to 523 and the number of deaths has increased by six to 521.
There were 14 counties that had more than 20 new cases. Pulaski County had the highest number of cases with 182, but 100 of those are in the Wrightsville Unit. Jefferson County followed behind with 61, Craighead County with 52, Mississippi County with 44, Sebastian County with 43, Washington County with 41, Independent County with 40 and Benton County with 32.
“I’ll point out that we did have a very good day in testing, which I’m very pleased with, which was 6,224 tests that we did over the last 24 hours,” Hutchinson said. “With that, I have a little bit better acceptance of that number of [new] cases, but it is still at a high level.”
The governor also provided a regional update on the seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases, noting that the northeast region of Arkansas is the area of “significant concern in terms of the case growth” with a growing upward trend.
According to Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero, there are 40,360 cases considered recovered, up 805 from yesterday, and 7,158 active cases with 6,418 in the community, 687 in correctional facilities and 53 in nursing homes.