(07/17/20) Garland County has 24 new cases again

648 new statewide cases reported today

The following statistics were shared Friday, July 17, at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 news conference in Little Rock and posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s website:

  • 31,762 total confirmed cases, up 648 from 31,114 on Thursday.
  • 6,633 active cases, up 55 from Thursday.
  • 24,776 recoveries, up 581 from Thursday.
  • 353 deaths, up 12 from Thursday.
  • 464 cases requiring hospitalization, down six from Thursday.
  • 94 cases requiring a ventilator, down four from Thursday.  
  • 394 cumulative cases in Garland County, up 28 from Thursday.
  • 93 active cases in Garland County, up 24 from Thursday.
  • 296 recoveries in Garland County, up four from Thursday.
  • 5 deaths in Garland County, no change from Thursday.

In the past 24 hours, the number of new cases was 648, with 39 from correctional facilities and 609 from the community. For the second straight day, Garland County had 24 new cases and again made the list of counties with more than 20 cases shared by the governor. The other top counties with new cases were Pulaski (68), Washington (44), Craighead (32), Pope (30), Benton (29), Sebastian (22) and Saline (21). There was a total of 5,861 test results reported in the past 24 hours.  

The governor announced that with the support and leadership of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI), city-level data will now be available for COVID-19 cases. It will be on the achi.net webpage and on the COVID portal of the healthy.arkansas.gov website. Communities that have had fewer than 10 cases will not be included.  

Of the 12 deaths being reported today, seven are from the past three days and the other five were delayed in being reported to Arkansas Department of Health.

“We are experiencing some challenges right now,” said Dr. Nate Smith. “We don’t have the level of testing that we would like, and we don’t yet have the level of contact tracing that we would like, but with the plans that we have in place we will be tripling our contact tracing capacity over the next month and…hoping to double our lab testing capacity in the Public Health Lab.”

Today was the last COVID-19 daily update that will include Dr. Nate Smith before his departure for his new role at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Jose Romero will be the acting secretary of health moving forward.

Former Senator Mark Pryor’s father, David Pryor, also a former senator and governor, has been released from the hospital after being admitted for COVID-19-related issues.

Hutchinson said he had more good news, this item related to the second crisis – the economic crisis. Information was released today on state unemployment rate, which has declined from 9.6% in May to 8% in June. He said this is significantly below the national average of 11%.