Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported 151 new COVID-19 cases today at his daily press conference, bringing the total number to 6,180. Only one of the new cases is in a correctional facility, indicating that the remaining 150 are community cases.
Washington County had the most new community cases with 29, Severe County had 17, Benton County had 16, St. Francis County had 13 and all of the other counties had less than ten.
The number of active cases is 1,729 with 1,191 in the community, 466 in correctional facilities and 72 in nursing homes. So far, 4,332 individuals have recovered.
Hospitalizations have increased by eight to 107, which is the second highest peak the state has seen. There are 18 hospitalized individuals on a ventilator. The number of deaths has also increased to 119, up two from yesterday.
“We’re really at a critical point in our journey during this pandemic and the critical point is whether we are at our second peak and will start leveling off, or where do we go from here, or go down or level or whether we go up,” Hutchinson said. “The direction that we go from here totally depends on the discipline and commitment of the people of Arkansas to avoid circumstances in which they will contribute to the spread.”
Within the past 24 hours, 2,984 COVID-19 tests have been conducted and have a 3.3 percent positivity rate. The state has conducted 61,922 tests so far this month, surpassing its goal of 60,000. So now, two percent of the state’s population has been tested.
Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith noted the demographics of the overall 6,180 COVID-19 cases. In regards to race, 50.7 percent are White, 37.1 percent are African American and 10.2 percent are hispanic. For ages, 39.3 percent have been between the ages of 25 and 44. Only 14.3 percent have been ages 65 and up; however, they make up 74 percent of the deaths.
“Thirty-one percent of our deaths have been in southeast Arkansas, 30 percent have been in central Arkansas, 19 percent have been in northeast, 11 percent in southwest and 8.4 percent have been in the northwest part of the state,” Smith said.
The state has seen an increase in cases within the poultry industry. There are currently 301 cases associated with poultry businesses. The top counties were Benton County with 69, Yell County with 54 and Washington County with 44. There were also several cases in Severe and Pope County.