Coronavirus in Arkansas: 887 new cases, 22 additional deaths

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Governor Asa Hutchinson announced 887 new cases and 22 additional deaths due to COVID-19 in Arkansas on Friday, the largest single-day spike in deaths statewide since the pandemic began.

“That’s certainly a sad day for many Arkansas families,” Hutchinson said.

According to Dr. Jose Romero, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), eleven of the deaths reported Friday occurred in nursing homes, including seven in one county — Little River County. Four of the deaths occurred in July, Romero said, leaving 18 from the last 24 hours.

The death toll in Arkansas due to the coronavirus is now 663.

The 887 new cases announced Friday raise the cumulative total in Arkansas to 55,652.

There are now 5854 cases statewide considered active by the ADH.

The top counties reporting new cases on Friday include:

  • Pulaski – 80
  • Washington – 57
  • Benton – 47
  • Sebastian – 38
  • Pope – 33
  • Stone – 30
  • Faulkner – 29
  • Loanoke – 25
  • Craighead – 24
  • Crawford – 23
  • Crittenden – 22
  • Sevier – 21
  • Garland – 20
  • Independence – 20
  • Poinsett – 20

The number of patients hospitalized with the virus in Arkansas is now 509 (+10), including 120 patients on ventilators (+12).

Hutchinson said the state received 6,396 test results over the last 24 hours, noting a “continued trend of strong, robust testing here in the state of Arkansas.”

You can learn more about the state’s response to the novel coronavirus at https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus.

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