(07/01/20) State has drop in new cases

The following statistics were shared Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 news conference in Little Rock and posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s website:

  • 21,197 total confirmed cases, up 420 from 20,777 on Tuesday.
  • 5,757 active cases, down 219 from Tuesday.
  • 15,163 recoveries, up 632 from Tuesday.
  • 277 deaths, up seven from Tuesday.
  • 275 cases requiring hospitalization, down 15 from Tuesday.
  • 72 cases requiring a ventilator, up five from Tuesday.  
  • 253 cases in Garland County, up five from Tuesday.
  • 75 active cases in Garland County, up two from Tuesday.
  • 177 recoveries in Garland County, up three from Tuesday.
  • 1 death in Garland County, no change from Tuesday.

Of the 420 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, at least 33 are from correctional facilities. The counties with the highest number of new cases are Lee (69, Pulaski (49), Washington (48), Yell (28) and Benton (20). There were a total of 7,993 test results reported in the past 24 hours, and the overall positivity rate is 6.7%. The goal of 120,000 for the month of June was well exceeded with a total of 180,595 tests. Dr. Nate Smith said that the high number of testing is important to identify new cases because the percent positives has increased recently.  

Smith shared a graph showing the outcomes of all 1,300 ever hospitalized in the state for COVID-19. A total of 860 (66.2%) were discharged, 263 (20.2%) are still hospitalized and 177 (13.6%) died. Another graph with outcomes from the total of 203 Arkansans who have required use of a ventilator showed that 94 (46.3%) died, 57 (28.1%) have been taken off the ventilator and 52 (25.6%) are still on a ventilator.

Smith said that there are also non-respiratory severe side effects of COVID-19, which include blood clots, neurologic complications (strokes, etc.) and heart disease.

Hutchinson shared graphs illustrating the top 10 counties in the state by population, and he said that the seven-day rolling average for each is either flat or on a downward trend. He also gave an announcement that a National Guard training exercise scheduled this weekend has been cancelled as testing was not going to be possible for each of the nearly 4,000 guardsmen who were to report to Fort Chaffee from various states.

Hutchinson began today’s news conference with a football in one hand and a face mask in the other. He said he is receiving a lot of questions about high school and collegiate sports for this upcoming fall, and he said that Arkansans need to concentrate on wearing face masks now so that it will be more likely to have team sports in the fall.