Coronavirus updates: 794 new cases in Arkansas, 8 more deaths

Arkansas has seen a total of 29,733 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began on March 11th.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On Saturday, July 11, the Arkansas Department of Health confirmed 1,061 new coronavirus cases in the state within 24 hours, bringing the biggest single day increase since the start of the pandemic in Arkansas

Governor Hutchinson said the record high number of cases is concerning and could be a result of July 4th celebrations.

Last week, Gov. Hutchinson also announced schools will return this fall, but will return at a later date. The start date of school will be the week of August 24, but no later than August 26.

Key facts to know:

  • 29,733 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas
  • 6,510 active cases
  • 331 reported deaths
  • 445 hospitalizations
  • 82 on ventilators
  • 22,106 recoveries

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

Tuesday, July 14

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

  • 794 new cases
    • 33 in prisons
    • 761 community
  • 6,558 active cases
    • 130 in nursing homes
    • 971 in prisons
    • 5,457 in community
  • 445 hospitalizations
  • 91 ventilators
  • 331 deaths
  • 22,844 recoveries

Dr Nate Smith said there seems to be a downward trend in the central region of Arkansas “but I’m still concerned.”

Gov. Hutchinson recognized Arkansas cities that have adopted mask ordinances. Several others are in the decision-making process at this time.

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The state also added a second COVID-19 contact tracing vendor last week. They are set to start on July 20th and will add an additional 350 contact tracers in Arkansas.

During a press conference, Gov. Hutchinson announced 794 new cases, which brings the known total to 29,733. Eight more deaths were announced, bringing the total to 331.

There was a 6-person increase in hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, bringing the total up to 445. 

There were 6,563 COVID-19 tests completed in the last 24 hours.

New cases broken down by county:

  • Pulaski County – 111
  • Washington County – 68
  • Sebastian County – 52
  • Pope County – 41
  • Johnson County – 37
  • Benton County – 36
  • Crittenden County – 29
  • Faulkner County – 24

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Monday, July 13

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

  • 572 new cases
    • 3 in prisons
    • 569 community
  • 6,510 active cases
    • 127 in nursing homes
    • 958 in prisons
    • 5,425 in community
  • 439 hospitalizations
  • 89 ventilators
  • 323 deaths
  • 22,106 recoveries

Dr. Smith mentioned a large portion from Saturday’s high case numbers were from the prison unit in Malvern. In last four days, over 500 in that facility have tested positive for COVID-19.

“I heard some people say that masks don’t work,” Dr. Smith said as he touched on the subject of masks. “These cloth and surgical masks are designed for source control. The masks were very well for surgeons. So if everyone is wearing a mask, we are keeping our respiratory secretions to ourselves. They work very well. If we can get everyone to wear a mask, we can get everyone to keep their droplets to themselves.”

Watch Monday’s press conference:

Governor Asa Hutchinson announced at the beginning of his COVID-19 press briefing Monday that former Arkansas Governor and U.S. Senator David Pryor is currently in the hospital after testing positive for coronavirus. 

Hutchinson said he spoke with former U.S. Senator Mark Pryor, David’s son, earlier in the day to discuss the news and to offer prayers to the family

RELATED: Former Arkansas Governor, Senator David Pryor in hospital with COVID-19

During a press conference, Gov. Hutchinson announced 572 new cases, which brings the known total to 28,939. Two more deaths were announced, bringing the total to 323.

There was a 19-person increase in hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, bringing the total up to 439. 

There were 5,253 COVID-19 tests completed in the last 24 hours.

New cases broken down by county:

  • Pulaski County – 77
  • Washington County – 53
  • Sebastian County – 40
  • Pope County – 25
  • Mississippi County – 23
  • Benton County – 23
  • Crittenden County – 22
  • Craighead County – 20
  • Jefferson County – 20

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Chancellor Dr. Cam Patterson tweeted out “statewide mandatory masking” after the state reported 1,061 coronavirus cases on Saturday.

Although Governor Asa Hutchinson has yet to issue a mandatory mask requirement for the state, officials drafted up an ordinance that cities could use to encourage using face masks in public.

RELATED: UAMS chancellor calls for ‘mandatory masking’ in Arkansas after 1,061 cases in one day

Over the weekend:

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