(07/10/20) 751 new cases

Eight additional hospitalizations

The following statistics were shared Friday, July 10, at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 news conference in De Queen and posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s website:

  • 26,803 total confirmed cases, up 751 from 26,052 on Thursday.
  • 5,847 active cases, up 96 from Thursday.
  • 20,642 recoveries, up 650 from Thursday.
  • 313 deaths, up four from Thursday.
  • 402 cases requiring hospitalization, up eight from Thursday.
  • 84 cases requiring a ventilator, up two from Thursday.  
  • 303 cumulative cases in Garland County, no change from Thursday.
  • 64 active cases in Garland County, no change from Thursday.
  • 236 recoveries in Garland County, no change from Thursday.
  • 3 deaths in Garland County, no change from Thursday.

In the past 24 hours, the number of new cases was 751, with 149 from correctional facilities and 602 from the community. The counties with the highest number of new cases are Hot Spring (145; most, if not all, are from the Ouachita River Unit prison), Pulaski (100), Benton (54), Washington (51), Sebastian (42), Faulkner (25), Pope (25), Jefferson (23) and Yell (21). There were a total of 5,212 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

Even though the state’s hospitalizations continue to rise, surpassing 400 COVID-19 patients today, they also continue to be spread out across the state, according to the governor.

Between June 28 through July 4, the Central Region had the highest growth rate, followed by the Northwest and Southeast regions. The 18-24 age group during this time was the fastest growing in cases, followed by 0-17, then 25-44, 45-64 and finally the 65-and-older.

“Many people have expressed concerns that commercial labs are taking longer to get results back,” said Hutchinson. He then provided averages in days from time of test collection to getting the report back at ADH: 3.2 days in March; 1.6 days in April; 1.7 days in May; 2.0 days in June; and in July, it’s edged back up to 2.5 days in July. The most recent day’s results have not been included in these statistics, which Hutchinson said he suspects will push the July average up a little higher.

“We all follow what’s happening nationally, and in virtually every southern and southwestern state we have cases that are going up fairly dramatically,” he said. “And, so, we’re fighting that trend that we see across the south and the southwest, and we see our cases elevated in Arkansas, and the simple lesson is, as Dr. Smith said, this virus does not give up. We have to continue to be very diligent. We have to be disciplined in this and continue with our strategy. If we let up for one second, it will come back and it will accelerate once again. So we have to work very hard here in the state continuously.”