Coronavirus in Arkansas: 687 new cases, hospitalizations continue to rise

Coronavirus

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – The number of active cases of COVID-19 rose by 687 in Arkansas on Thursday, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced at his daily press conference.

The 687 new cases include:

  • 96 in Washington County
  • 45 in Benton County
  • 44 in Pulaski County
  • 26 in Lonoke County
  • 26 in Sebastian County

Hutchinson announced two additional deaths due to the virus, raising the state’s death toll to 242.

Hospitalizations due to the virus rose to a new record high on Thursday to 284 (+17), including 66 on ventilators (+8).

The seven-day rolling average of new cases in Benton and Washington counties show there to be a decline.

Governor Hutchinson addressed the disparity in testing between Washington and Benton Counties on Thursday, sharing a chart that shows Benton County has tested nearly twice as many residents (at a rate per 10,000 residents).

The state announced three upcoming testing events that will be free and available to anyone in Northwest Arkansas: two in Washington County, one in Benton County. Details about these events are listed in the image below.

There have now been 18,062 cumulative cases of COVID-19 reported in Arkansas.

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 Thursday, June 25 below:

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