As of today (July 6), the state of Arkansas has a cumulative number of 24,253 COVID-19 cases.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported 439 additional new cases from yesterday at his daily press conference with eight in correctional facilities and the remaining in the community. Over the weekend, there were 587 new cases on Saturday, July 4 and 605 new cases on Sunday, July 5.
Washington County had the most number of new cases in the past day with 77, Pulaski County had 45, both Yell and Benton counties had 36, Faulkner County had 19, Sebastian County had 18 and Crittenden County had 16. The remaining counties had fewer than 10 new cases.
Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith mentioned today that all 75 counties in the state have reported at least one case of the virus.
In terms of testing, there were 3,615 COVID-19 tests completed yesterday. Hutchinson pointed out that the positivity rate within the past day was between 10 and 15 percent.
“That positivity rate is not where we want it to be,” he said. “We need to have that go down more and obviously that reflects some spread in the community…”
There have been 30,646 tests completed across the state since the beginning of July.
The number of hospitalizations and deaths have increased as well. There are 337 hospitalizations, up 12 from yesterday, with 41 patients on a ventilator. There have been 292 related deaths, up five from yesterday.
As the number of hospitalizations increase, Smith noted that it is a “lagging indicator” since the number of new cases will increase first with hospitalizations following. The state is continuing to monitor hospital capacities closely, especially those hospitals with a larger number of COVID-19 patients.
There are currently 6,127 active cases with 5,554 in the community, 456 in correctional facilities and 117 in nursing homes. The number of recoveries has increased by 701 to 17,834.
According to Hutchinson, individuals need to be responsible as the pandemic continues.
“As we fight this virus, I ask all Arkansans simply to do what you can. Let’s take this on and realize everybody has a role to play,” he said. “Some people are in the hospital working hard everyday, others are doing essential services but what everybody can do is to help protect from their personal responsibility the spread of the virus.”