LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Governor Asa Hutchinson announced 412 new cases and four additional deaths due to COVID-19 in Arkansas at his daily press conference in Little Rock on Monday.
A total of 4,093 people have been tested in the past 24 hours. There are 6,341 active cases.
Hutchinson said there are now 52,077 cumulative COVID-19 cases in the state of Arkansas.
There have been eight new hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number to 486.
There are 38 cases in nursing homes and 994 correctional facilities.
A total of 46,133 people have recovered.
Hutchinson said the state has 1,200 antigen tests.
Arkansas continues to see a drop in active COVID-19 cases.
According to Gov. Hutchinson, active case numbers have been dropping since their peak eight days ago.
The 7-day average positivity rate is also on a steady decline.
However, the governor says there is still work that needs to be done.
“I’m not necessarily saying that is going to continue because that all depends upon individual behavior of people in Arkansas,” he said.
He said people still need to follow the mask mandate and social distance.
Thousands of people have already started in-person classes.
He said 52 private schools have already started classes this fall.
That means that about 15,000 students are already back in the classroom.
He said the state will get some good insight as public schools prepare to open next week.
“It does give us some information flow as to how that is working in the private sector with the teachers that are there, the students that are there. I also welcome them back to the classroom,” he said.
Public schools can start their semester one week from today on August 24.
Out-of-state college students who test positive for COVID-19 in their first two weeks in Arkansas will not count as an Arkansas case, according to State Representative Denise Garner.
When we asked the governor about this today, neither he nor Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero could confirm that policy.
However, the governor said it did make sense.
“Obviously if they test positive within the first couple of weeks, it indicates they’ve acquired the virus from their previous state,” Hutchinson said.
He said knowing about those cases will still be important for contact tracing
You can learn more about the state’s response to the novel coronavirus at https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus.