Coronavirus in Arkansas: 439 new cases, 140 in Washington and Benton Counties

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Governor Asa Hutchinson announced 439 new cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas at his daily press conference on Monday, June 29.

The 439 new cases reported today include:

  • 92 in Washington County
  • 56 in Pulaski County
  • 48 in Benton County
  • 31 in Sevier County
  • 22 in Sebastian County

There are now 5,926 cases of coronavirus considered active by the Arkansas Department of Health, including:

  • 5227 in the general community
  • 583 in correctional facilities
  • 116 in nursing homes

The total number of cases reported in Arkansas since the pandemic began (20,257) has now surpassed 20,000.

The state reported one additional death due to the virus on Monday, raising Arkansas’ death toll to 265.

Hospitalizations due to the virus rose to 300 (+17) on Monday, according to Dr. Nate Smith, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, including 63 patients on ventilators (-3).

Smith said 14,066 Arkansans have now recovered from the virus, up by 430 since Sunday.

Gov. Hutchinson calls our rapid increase in COVID-19 testing a success story.

Using graphs, he’s shown a few times over the last few months that compare tests on a per-capita basis among the southern states Gov. Hutchinson showed just how much more testing we’re doing.

While in April, Arkansas ranked in the lower tier for testing and in may he said we did not improve our testing.

By June we ranked in the top three southern states for testing.

In the month of June alone we’ve tested more than 167,000 Arkansans.

For more information on the state’s response to the novel coronavirus, visit https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus.

You can watch the full press conference for Monday, June 29 below:

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