Coronavirus updates: 547 new cases in Arkansas, bringing the known total to 22,622

Arkansas has seen a total of 22,622 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark — Since the beginning of Phase Two, Arkansas has seen a total of 9,574 new coronavirus cases.

In a press conference on June 25, Gov. Hutchinson said there is currently a pause on reopenings in Arkansas.The statement comes after a reference to the governor of Texas “rolling back” on reopenings and some elective surgeries. 

Hutchinson has also issued a new guidance on face masks in the state, but has yet to make it a requirement to wear them in public settings.

Key facts to know:

  • 22,622 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas
  • 6,177 active cases
  • 281 reported deaths 
  • 285 hospitalizations
  • 70 on ventilators
  • 16,164 recoveries

Watch Friday’s 1:30 p.m. press conference:

Friday, July 3

Gov. Hutchinson announced he signed an executive order, allowing cities to use a model ordinance to require mask wearing on a local level.

John Wilkerson with the Municipal League said the model will use law enforcement to educate and encourage the public on mask-wearing.The model is also geared towards supporting businesses, making law enforcement available to help with enforcing at businesses.

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Dr. Nate Smith provided a breakdown of the cases in the state:

  • 547 new cases
    • 182 in prisons
    • 365 in community
  • 6,177 active cases
    • 156 in nursing homes
    • 671 in prisons
    • 5,350 in community
  • 285 hospitalizations
  • 70 ventilators
  • 281 deaths
  • 16,164 recoveries

During a press conference, Gov. Hutchinson announced 547 new cases, which brings the known total to 22,622. Two more deaths were announced, bringing the total to 281.

There was a 13-person increase in hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 285.

There were 6,947 COVID-19 tests completed in the last 24 hours.

New cases broken down by county:

  • Washington County – 84
  • Pulaski County – 74
  • Benton County – 74

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Thursday, July 2

Dr. Nate Smith provided a breakdown of the cases in the state:

  • 878 new cases
    • at least 150 in prisons
  • 6,098 active cases
  • 272 hospitalizations
  • 69 ventilators
  • 279 deaths
  • 15,698 recoveries

During a press conference, Gov. Hutchinson said if any Arkansan has a COVID-19 related health concern, they can request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 election.

Hutchinson made this announcement after Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston said that current laws allow the ability to vote with an absentee ballot due to the pandemic.

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Arkansas health officials announced 878 new cases, which brings the known total to 22,075. Two more deaths were announced, bringing the total to 279.

There was a 3-person decrease in hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, bringing the total down to 272.

Watch Thursday’s press conference:

New cases broken down by county:

  • Hot Spring County – 151
  • Washington County 117
  • Pulaski County – 98
  • Benton County – 75
  • Sebastian County – 55
  • Faulkner County – 35
  • Crawford County – 23

There were 7,089 COVID-19 tests completed in the last 24 hours.

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Wednesday, July 1

Dr. Nate Smith provided a breakdown of the cases in the state:

  • 420 new cases
    • at least 33 in prisons
  • 5,757 active cases
    • at least 525 in prisons
    • 153 in nursing homes
    • 5,079 in community
  • 275 hospitalizations
  • 72 ventilators
  • 277 deaths
  • 15,163 recoveries

During a press conference, Gov. Hutchinson announced 420 new cases, which brings the known total to 21,197. Seven more deaths were announced, bringing the total to 277.

There was a 15-person decrease in hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, bringing the total down to 275.

Watch Wednesday’s press conference:

New cases broken down by county:

  • Lee County – 69
  • Pulaski County – 49
  • Washington County – 48
  • Yell  County – 28
  • Benton County – 20

There were almost 8,000 COVID-19 tests completed in the last 24 hours. Arkansas saw a significant decrease in active cases, bringing the total to 5,757.

The governor announced that national training at Fort Chaffee, that would’ve brought 4,000 guardsmen to Arkansas, has been cancelled. The federal rules did not require testing for each guardsman and the governor found that concerning.

RELATED: Gov. Hutchinson cancels National Guard training at Fort Chaffee due to COVID-19 concerns

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Tuesday, June 30

Dr. Nate Smith provided a breakdown of the cases in the state:

  • 520 new cases
    • 18 in prison
    • 502 in community  
  • 5,976 active cases
    • 548 in prisons
    • 120 in nursing homes
    • 5,308 in community
  • 290 hospitalizations
  • 67 ventilators
  • 270 deaths
  • 14,531 recoveries

There were 4,048 COVID-19 tests completed in the last 24 hours.

Watch Tuesday’s press conference:

During a press conference, Gov. Hutchinson announced 520 new cases, which brings the known total to 20,777. Five more deaths were announced, bringing the total to 270.

There was a 10-person decrease in hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, bringing the total down to 290.

New cases broken down by county:

  • Washington County –  152
  • Pulaski County – 118
  • Benton County – 33
  • Faulkner County –  23
  • Yell  County – 21

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Monday, June 29

Dr. Nate Smith provided a breakdown of the cases in the state:

  • 439 new cases
    • 21 in prison
    • 418 in community  
  • 5,926 active cases
    • 583in prisons
    • 116 in nursing homes
    • 5,227 in community
  • 300 hospitalizations
  • 63 ventilators
  • 265 deaths
  • 14,066 recoveries

Dr. Smith said Arkansas’s active cases are plateauing out. 

There were 4,939 COVID-19 tests completed in the last 24 hours. In June, Arkansas tested 167,168 people for the virus.

Watch Monday’s press conference:

During a press conference, Gov. Hutchinson announced 439 new cases, which brings the known total to 20,257. One more death were announced, bringing the total to 265.

There 17 new hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to a new high of 300.

New cases broken down by county:

  • Washington County –  192
  • Pulaski County – 56
  • Benton County – 48
  • Sevier County – 31
  • Sebastian County – 22

Watch Friday’s press conference:

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