Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported 678 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number to 18,740 cumulative cases in the state of Arkansas. Today (June 26) is the highest number of community cases in a single-day with 669.
Washington County has 122 new cases, Pulaski County has 84, Benton County has 68, Sebastian County has 33, Faulkner County has 31, Crittenden County has 26 and Pope County has 22. The rest of the counties have less than 20 new cases.
The number of hospitalizations are the same at 284 with 63 patients on a ventilator, down three from yesterday. There are seven additional deaths with the total number at 249.
Hutchinson also provided a regional update on the current hospitalizations for COVID-19.
Northwest Arkansas has the most number of hospitalizations with 123, or 43 percent of the total. Central Arkansas has 105 hospitalizations, northeast Arkansas has 28, southwest Arkansas has 23 and southeast Arkansas has 5.
“You really can see that the major hospitalizations are in the major population areas in the state as well as reflecting a very strong health care community and hospital community,” he said.
Secretary of Smith Dr. Nate Smith said there are 5,707 active COVID-19 cases with 4,978 in the community, 621 in correctional facilities and 108 in nursing homes. There are 12,784 who have recovered, up 657 from yesterday.
According to Smith, the two settings where new cases are primarily coming from are poultry facilities and places of worship.
“We’ve worked very closely with those [facilities] to try and identify ways to interrupt ways of transmission, make those places safer and I think we are largely succeeding. We are starting to see a decrease in the number of cases in the northwest part of the state,” he said.
In regards to places of worship, Smith said “It’s not a particular part of the state. It’s not a particular church. It’s really what happens in that church or place of worship. If those guidelines are followed, we know that they either minimize or eliminate the risk of COVID-19 transmission. If the guidelines are not followed then there is that chance, and tragically it can cause spread of COVID-19 in those settings.”