Coronavirus updates: 734 new cases in Arkansas, over 25,200 total cases

Arkansas has seen a total of 25,246 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark — Since the beginning of Phase Two, Arkansas has seen a total of 10,897 new coronavirus cases.

In a press conference on 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.

The governor also announced if any Arkansan has a COVID-19 related health concern, they can request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 election.

Key facts to know:

  • 25,246 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas
  • 6,127 active cases
  • 305 reported deaths 
  • 358 hospitalizations
  • 89 on ventilators
  • 19,396 recoveries

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

Wednesday, July 8

Steuart Walton, Chair of the Economic Recovery Task Force said more young people are not wearing a mask. He is asking the public to encourage the young people around you to wear one.

During the press conference, Walton talked about the COVID-19 survey that 600 Arkansans participated in:

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

  • 734 new cases
    • 104 in prisons
    • 630 community
  • 5,545 active cases
    • 350 in prisons
    • 125 in nursing homes
    • 5,070 in community
  • 358 hospitalizations
  • 79 ventilators
  • 305 deaths
  • 19,396 recoveries

During a press conference, Gov. Hutchinson announced 734 new cases, which brings the known total to 25,246. Four more deaths were announced, bringing the total to 305. 

There was a 11-person decrease in hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, bringing the total down to 358. 

There were 4,567 COVID-19 tests completed in the last 24 hours.

New cases broken down by county:

  • Washington County – 72
  • Pulaski County – 60
  • Pope County – 46
  • Mississippi County – 39
  • Yell County – 32
  • Johnson County – 26
  • Saline County – 21

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Tuesday, July 7

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

  • 259 new cases
    • 23 in prisons
    • 236 community
  • 5,486 active cases
    • 273 in prisons
    • 117 in nursing homes
    • 5,096 in community
  • 369 hospitalizations
  • 83 ventilators
  • 301 deaths
  • 18,725 recoveries

The top counties in terms of case count are Washington, Benton and Pulaski counties.

According to Secretary Mike Preston, 43,000 people have been approved for pandemic unemployment assistance. Around $330 million has already been dispersed. As of Tuesday morning, there were 97,966 claims. 

Watch Tuesday’s press conference:

During a press conference, Gov. Hutchinson announced 259 new cases, which brings the known total to 24,512. Nine more deaths were announced, bringing the total to 301. Four of the nine new deaths were over the age of 65.

There was a 32-person increase in hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 369. This is the highest number of hospitalizations the state has seen since the beginning of the pandemic.  

There were 3,366 COVID-19 tests completed in the last 24 hours.

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Monday, July 6

Gov. Hutchinson said Monday that the state currently has 320 in-house contact tracers and is bringing on the company General Dynamics for $20 million to hire 350 tracers starting this week.

There will be a third company that will add another 350, putting the state’s total at 1,020 once the final company is hired and the budget is approved.

To apply to be a contact tracer (Spanish version) click here.

To apply to be a contact tracer (English version) click here.

If a contact tracer is attempting to contact you, here’s the number to look for: 877-272-6819.

If your phone abbreviates the number it will look like 877-ARCOV19.

The calls happen during the week and weekend but won’t be after 8 p.m. 

To know it’s legitimate, they’ll tell you information about where you’ve been or who you’ve seen. They will never ask you for money.

Watch Monday’s press conference:

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

  • 439 new cases
    • 8 in prisons
    • 431 community
  • 6,127 active cases
    • 456 in prisons
    • 117 in nursing homes
    • 5,554 in community
  • 337 hospitalizations
  • 81 ventilators
  • 292 deaths
  • 17,834 recoveries

During a press conference, Gov. Hutchinson announced 439 new cases, which brings the known total to 24,253. Five more deaths were announced, bringing the total to 292.

There was a 12-person increase in hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 337. This is the highest number of hospitalizations the state has seen since the beginning of the pandemic.  

There were 3,615 COVID-19 tests completed in the last 24 hours.

New cases broken down by county:

  • Washington County – 77
  • Pulaski County – 46
  • Yell County – 36
  • Benton County – 36

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Watch Friday’s press conference:

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