The state of Arkansas has reached a cumulative total of 39,447 COVID-19 cases as of today (July 27).
Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported 824 new cases with 814 in the community and 10 in correctional facilities.
The top seven counties with the most new cases are Pulaski County with 120, Washington County with 62, Craighead County with 46, Benton County with 45, Sebastian County with 30 and Jefferson with 29.
Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have increased by nine to 489 with 110 patients on a ventilator. The number of deaths have increased by seven to 408.
In regards to testing, Hutchinson pointed out that the Arkansas Department of Health has ordered 200 BP Veritor point-of-care antigen testing machines.
“I was led to BP Veritor by speaking with Admiral [Brett] Giroir who said this is one that will have an availability in the future so we seized that moment to grab these 200 machines and they should start coming in next week,” Hutchinson said. “We’re still working on the plan to allocate those and the use of those, but when we have an opportunity to expand our testing capacity, we wanted to seize that moment.”
There were 5,924 COVID-19 tests completed yesterday which brings the state’s monthly total of tests so far to 164,001. Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero said, “I think we will reach 180,000, if not more, by the end of the month.”