LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Dr. José Romero, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), announced 735 new cases and 7 additional deaths due to COVID-19 statewide on Thursday, August 6 at the state’s daily press conference.
Governor Asa Hutchinson was absent from Thursday’s press conference due to a scheduled meeting in Washington D.C. with the National Governors Association.
The seven additional deaths raise the statewide death toll to 515.
Net hospitalizations dropped to 514 (-2) on Thursday, Romero said, including 111 (+5) patients on ventilators.
There are now 6968 cases in Arkansas considered active by ADH, including:
- 6339 in the general community
- 548 in correctional facilities
- 71 in nursing homes
The top counties reporting new cases today include:
- Pulaski – 73
- Craighead – 69
- Sebastian – 62
- Poinsett – 27
- Benton – 24
- Garland – 24
- Crittenden – 23
- Mississippi – 23
- Green – 22
- Saline – 21
Romero said the state received 4514 test results over the last 24 hours. Arkansas’ cumulative percent positive rate ticked up slightly to 8.6 percent, Romero said.
Romero stands behind the state’s back to school plan.
The plan calls for schools to offer in person learning five days a week.
He said right now cases are not climbing significantly so he is hopeful the use of masks will drive cases downward.
He said right now the state wants to have kids in class before deciding to complete virtual learning.
He said there is no set program to test all students coming to class.
Testing will be based on symptoms and exposure, he said.
You can learn more about the state’s response to the novel coronavirus at https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus.