The following statistics were shared Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 news conference in Little Rock and posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s website:
22,075 total confirmed cases, up 878 from 21,197 on Wednesday.
6,098 active cases, up 341 from Wednesday.
15,698 recoveries, up 535 from Wednesday.
279 deaths, up two from Wednesday.
272 cases requiring hospitalization, down three from Wednesday.
69 cases requiring a ventilator, down three from Wednesday.
267 cases in Garland County, up 14 from Wednesday.
81 active cases in Garland County, up six from Wednesday.
185 recoveries in Garland County, up eight from Wednesday.
1 death in Garland County, no change from Wednesday.
The 878 new cases reported in the past 24 hours is a single-day record case count, and it is more than double than the total reported yesterday. At least 150 of the total are from correctional facilities. The counties with the highest number of new cases are Hot Spring (151; most, if not all, are from the Ouachita River Unit correctional facility), Washington (117), Pulaski (98), Lee (69), Benton (75), Sebastian (55), Faulkner (35) and Crawford (23). There were a total of 7,089 test results reported in the past 24 hours.
Hutchinson announced that absentee voting will be enacted for the November 3 elections. Anyone with health concerns related to COVID-19 can request and vote via an absentee ballot. The deadline to register to vote for before the November election is October 5. To receive an application for an absentee ballot, contact the county clerk’s office or go to sos.arkansas.gov, under the “Elections” tab. The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is October 27. Ballots can be obtained in person until November 2, and completed absentee ballots must be received by 7:30 p.m. on election day. For those who go to polling sites, the state is ordering disposable stylus pens so voters. There will be two weeks of early voting.
Coming into the July 4 weekend, the governor shared that the state will have canvassers out on various ballot initiatives this weekend. He encouraged everyone to wear a mask and take safety precautions. Some of the canvassers will be from out of state, and some from Arizona, he said.