(07/09/20) Rise in new cases in hospitalizations

Second-highest new case count of 806; rise of 36 new hospitalizations

The following statistics were shared Thursday, July 9, at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 news conference in Little Rock and posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s website:

  • 26,052 total confirmed cases, up 806 from 25,246 on Wednesday.
  • 5,751 active cases, up 206 from Wednesday.
  • 19,992, recoveries, up 596 from Wednesday.
  • 309 deaths, up four from Wednesday.
  • 394 cases requiring hospitalization, up 36 from Wednesday.
  • 82 cases requiring a ventilator, up three from Wednesday.  
  • 303 cumulative cases in Garland County, up 10 from Wednesday.
  • 64 active cases in Garland County, down 10 from Wednesday.
  • 236 recoveries in Garland County, up 18 from Wednesday.
  • 3 deaths in Garland County, up three from Wednesday.

In the past 24 hours, the number of new cases was 806, the second-highest single-day increase to date, with 110 from correctional facilities and 696 from the community. The counties with the highest number of new cases are Pulaski (104), Washington (78), Sebastian (56), Benton (49), Faulkner (51), then Johnson and Mississippi, and an additional 10 counties that had between 10-20 cases. There were a total of 4,734 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

The governor shared that the overall positivity rate is up to 7.2%, and that the only way to get it down is to control the spread of the virus by wearing face masks. He also showed a chart of testing daily totals that illustrated how daily counts have decreased recently – a result of the six commercial labs across the country having a backlog that is slowing the turnaround time of results getting back to our state.

The governor and Secretary of Education Johnny Key outlined the plan to have school year in the fall, called Ready for Learning. “We want them to be physically present, but districts must also be prepared to shift to other instructional delivery methods should the need arise,” said Hutchinson. The plan, which is being sent to all school districts for comments and feedback, offers responsive levels for on-site learning and measures to take should COVID-19 cases arise in a district.

The 2020-21 school year start date was pushed back from August 14 to the week of August 24, but no later than August 26. “This will give school districts more time in order to make the adjustments necessary to make sure their campuses are ready and teachers are prepared for the blended learning environment we are going to go through this year,” said Hutchinson.

The governor began the press conference by thanking Vulcan Sporting Goods of Hot Springs for the face masks they sent that recognize today as the 100th daily COVID-19 press conference.