(07/15/20) 564 new cases

The following statistics were shared Wednesday, July 15, at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 news conference in Conway and posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s website:

  • 30,297 total confirmed cases, up 564 from 29,733 on Tuesday.
  • 6,439 active cases, down 119 from Tuesday.
  • 23,523 recoveries, up 679 from Tuesday.
  • 335 deaths, up four from Tuesday.
  • 458 cases requiring hospitalization, up 13 from Tuesday.
  • 94 cases requiring a ventilator, up three from Tuesday.  
  • 347 cumulative cases in Garland County, up six from Tuesday.
  • 71 active cases in Garland County, up one from Tuesday.
  • 273 recoveries in Garland County, up five from Tuesday.
  • 3 deaths in Garland County, no change from Tuesday.

In the past 24 hours, the number of new cases was 564, with 78 from correctional facilities and 486 from the community. The counties with the highest number of new cases were Pulaski (78), Sebastian (52), Washington (46) and Benton (38). There was a total of 5,146 test results reported in the past 24 hours.  

Congressman French Hill, who was a part of the state’s congressional delegation who sent a letter to the vice president relating to the need for more COVID-19 testing supplies, was invited by the governor to speak today. Hill urged people that masks are critical. “It’s between us and beating this virus and getting back to work,” he said. He also explained that he has proposed an amendment to the Defense Production Act, called the Save Act, which would take medical supplies, pharmaceutical ingredients, compounds and all related medical devices and put them under a strategy available at the president’s discretion. He said that the delegation is ready to partner with the governor as Congress reassesses the gaps in the CARES Act and how Arkansas can be benefited, and “we want you to have more flexibility in the state and local funding that you’ve got, the $1.25 billion, on how you use that, particularly as it relates to broadband, and we’re working hard to make sure we’ve got the flexibility and financial support for our schools so that we’re ready to learn.”

Dr. Nate Smith spoke of recently talking to an individual who had been on a ventilator due to COVID-19, but who has since recovered. Although he was happy to be alive, the recovered patient told Smith he still suffers from a number of long-term ailments, including short-term memory loss. “As we go along, we’re getting more information on COVID-19 and the sort of persistent effects. And a recent publication showed that about 90% of those who have been hospitalized for COVID-19 will continue to have some sort of persistent symptoms, even though they have recovered from the infection,” said Smith. “And, so, it’s important that we prevent each of these cases.”

The governor also shared that Walmart announced today that Walmart and Sam’s stores across the country will be requiring customers to wear masks when entering their stores starting on July 20.