Coronavirus in Arkansas: 734 new cases, 4 additional deaths

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Governor Asa Hutchinson announced 734 new cases of the novel coronavirus in Arkansas at his daily press conference on Wednesday, raising the state’s cumulative case count to 25,246.

Hutchinson announced four additional deaths due to the virus in Arkansas, raising the state’s death toll to 305.

Hospitalizations due to the virus are down to 358 (-11) since Tuesday, Hutchinson reported, including 79 patients on ventilators (-4).

The 734 new cases announced today include:

  • Pulaski County – 87 new cases
  • Washington County – 72 new cases
  • Benton County – 60 new cases
  • Pope County – 46 new cases
  • Mississippi County – 39 new cases
  • Yell County – 32 new cases
  • Johnson County – 26 new cases
  • Saline County – 21 new cases

There are now 5,545 cases considered active in the state, according to Dr. Nate Smith, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health. The active cases include:

  • 5070 in the general community
  • 350 in correctional facilities
  • 125 in nursing homes

Hutchinson said the state has performed 4567 tests over the last 24 hours.

Hutchinson said Arkansas will form a back-to-school plan that fits our state’s needs.

President Donald Trump has recently threatened to withdraw funding for schools that don’t reopen in the fall.

Meanwhile, the CDC is working on new guidance for schools looking to welcome kids back.

Hutchinson said what the president said is consistent with what Arkansas is doing by offering a blend of in-person and online courses.

“We’re going to make good judgements for Arkansas based upon where we are in this state in terms of our cases, in terms of communtiy spread, in terms of what’s required for public health in each of these schools,” Hutchinson said.

The governor said tomorrow’s COVID-19 briefing will focus heavily on education.

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 from July 8, 2020 below:

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