The following statistics were shared Monday, Aug. 31, at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 news conference in Little Rock and posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s (ADH) website:
61,224 total confirmed cases, up 1,641 from 59,583 on Friday.
5,466 active cases, down 30 from Friday.
54,961 recoveries, up 1,630 from Friday.
797 deaths, up 41 from Friday.
420 cases requiring hospitalization, up 13 from Friday.
87 cases requiring a ventilator, down eight from Friday.
1,428 cumulative cases in Garland County, up 21 from Sunday.
147 active cases in Garland County, up nine from Sunday.
1,252 recoveries in Garland County, up 12 from Sunday.
29 deaths in Garland County, no change from Sunday.
In the past 24 hours, the number of new cases in Arkansas was 368, with none being from correctional facilities. Counties with the number of new cases higher than 20 in the past 24 hours include Pulaski with 50, Pope with 41, Benton with 30 and Garland with 21. The number of tests completed in the past 24 hours was 4,542.
Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero shared that the there will be a popup testing event in Garland County on Thursday, Sept. 3, from 4-8 p.m. at the Garland County Library, 1427 Malvern Avenue.
Due to the concern of cases arising on college campuses, ADH deployed eight point-of-care testing kits to campuses across the state. Romero said this is not unlike what is being seen in other states where schools have opened. He said they will continue to monitor the situation very closely.
Secretary of Education Johnny Key reported that two school districts modified their operations over the weekend under the Ready for Learning Plan and Response Level documents. Cross County High School moved to virtual instruction, as well as Marshall High School in the Searcy County School District. Key said that both of these situations are because of teacher loses due to quarantining. This is the third school district in the state so far that has had to modify their operations.