LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Governor Asa Hutchinson announced 1011 new cases and six additional deaths due to COVID-19 in Arkansas at his daily press conference on Friday, August 7.
“I’ll point out that we did have a very good day in testing,” Hutchinson said.
The state reported 6224 test results over the last 24 hours.
The top counties reporting new cases Friday include:
- Pulaski – 182
- Jefferson – 61
- Craighead – 53
- Mississippi – 44
- Sebastian – 43
- Washington – 41
- Independence -40
- Benton – 32
Hutchinson said about 100 of the cases in Pulaski County were related to a correctional facility.
“Whenever you look at over the last five or six days, it’s been very flat. I think everybody sees that it’s been very flat. Obviously today there’s been a spike up, but you look at the overall trend line as flat,” Hutchinson said.
There are now 7158 cases considered active by the Arkansas Department of Health, including:
- 6418 in the general community
- 687 in correctional facilities
- 53 in nursing homes
The number of patients hospitalized with the virus in Arkansas rose to 523 (+9), including 116 patients on ventilators.
The number of cases considered recovered by the Arkansas Department of Health rose to 40,360 (+805) on Friday.
While the state has released a guide for helping school districts determine health risks for on-site learning during the pandemic, it lacks specifics.
It outlines three different outbreak response levels: low, moderate, and high.
But there are no specific metrics provided in terms of a set amount of case numbers or community spread that sets a precedent for any of the responses.
These are the factors the governor said will be measured n giving a school guidance.
Hutchinson said the Department of Health and the Department of Education will help determine what to do if and when there is an outbreak.
You can learn more about the state’s response to the novel coronavirus at https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus.
You can watch the full press conference from Friday, August 7 below: