The following stats were shared Wednesday at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 news conference in Little Rock and posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s website:
17,375 total confirmed cases, up 697 from 16,678 on Tuesday.
5,567 active cases, up 346 from Tuesday.
11,568 recoveries, up 348 from Tuesday.
240 deaths, up three from Tuesday
267 cases requiring hospitalization, up 19 from Tuesday.
58 cases requiring a ventilator, up one from Tuesday.
183 cases in Garland County, up three from Tuesday.
24 active cases in Garland County, no change from Tuesday.
158 recoveries in Garland County, up three from Tuesday.
1 death in Garland County, no change from Tuesday.
As of Wednesday, June 24, there were a total of 7,374test results compiled in the past 24 hours. Of the 5,567 active cases, there are 100 cases in nursing homes, at least 819 case in correctional facilities and 4,648 cases in the community.
Over the last 24 hours, the counties with the highest number of new cases are Hot Spring County (168), Washington (79), Benton (67), Pulaski (51), Sebastian (40), Faulkner (29), Yell (26), Columbia (26) and the rest are under 20.
The breakdown in county cases are due to;
Hot Spring County cases, most if not all, are from the Ouachita River Correctional Facility in Malvern.
Washington County cases are down 38 cases since yesterday.
Sebastian County cases are increasing.
Faulkner County cases are mostly from Conway.
Columbia County cases are mostly from a nursing home in Magnolia.
Gov. Hutchinson made two announcements. The first announcement is that the Arkansas Department of Health is going to double the amount of contact tracers from 350 to 700 with an additional cost of $22 million. The second one is a testing goal for July to test 6% (180,000) of the Arkansas population.