DE QUEEN, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Governor Asa Hutchinson announced 751 new cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas at his daily press conference in De Queen on Friday, as hospitalizations due to the virus continue to climb statewide.
The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Arkansas rose by eight on Friday to a new all-time high of 402, Hutchinson said.
The state announced four additional deaths due to the virus, raising the death toll in Arkansas to 313.
The 751 new cases announced Friday include:
- Hot Spring County – 145
- Pulaski County – 100
- Benton County – 54
- Washington County – 51
- Sebastian County – 42
- Faulkner County – 25
- Pope County – 25
Hutchinson addressed concerns Arkansans have with the time it takes to get their COVID-19 test result back.
He said in March, results came back in about three days on average, in April and May it was about one day, in June the average was around two days, and in July it has gone back up to 2.5 days and the wait time could keep going up.
According to Dr. Nate Smith, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, many of the new cases in Hot Spring County are within the Ouachita River correctional facility.
There are now 5857 active cases of the novel coronavirus statewide, Smith said, including:
- 5140 in the general community
- 584 in correctional facilities
- 123 in nursing homes
Hutchinson said the state has performed 5212 tests for COVID-19 over the last 24 hours.
Smith announced 650 new recoveries from the virus in Arkansas on Friday (20,642 total).
Smith said the state is considering the CDC’s recommendation of serial testing.
“Obviously right now with some constraints on supply chains and testing, we may not be able to fully implement that recommendation everywhere that it would be useful,” Smith said. “But it’s a valuable recommendation and there may be some situations where we do decide to do that in the community.”
Smith said serial testing is already being done in nursing homes.
Smith said masks are not meant to be highly protective for the wearer. He says they’re meant to stop respiratory droplets from your nose and mouth before they infect others.
He stresses that it doesn’t need to be tight or uncomfortable and that most times it just takes some getting used to.
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 daily press conference for Friday, July 10 below: