Coronavirus updates: 824 new positive cases in Arkansas, over 400 total deaths

Arkansas has seen a total of 39,447 coronavrius cases since the pandemic began on March 11th.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Last week, the state-wide mandate for the state of Arkansas took effect on Monday, July 20.

Gov. Hutchinson said the state of Arkansas is committed to starting school the week of August 24th. For students, “it’s important to their emotional health and their education.” He played a clip of several infectious disease experts saying they’re comfortable sending their own children back to school.  

The Arkansas Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics (ARAAP) said it “cannot support a statewide return-to-school decision” after a school re-opening guidance was released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Key facts to know:

  • 39,447 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas 
  • 6,674 active cases
  • 408 reported deaths 
  • 489 hospitalizations as of July 27
  • 105 on ventilators as of July 25
  • 31,622 recoveries


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

Monday, July 27

Dr. Jose Romero provided a breakdown of the cases in the state:

  • 824 new cases
    • 10 in prisons
    • 814 in community
  • 6,674 active cases
    • 81 in nursing homes
    • 294 in prisons
    • 6,299 in community
  • 489 hospitalizations
  • 110 ventilators
  • 408 deaths
  • 31,622 recoveries 

Secretary Johnny Key with the Arkansas Department of Education said the department will work with providers to make sure the providers offer customer service and tech support, referring to the $10 million Emergency Relief Fund (GEER).

He also said the Department of Education has a survey in the field to access the readiness of each school — more specifically, to see if the schools have their re-entry plan and if they have enough PPE and meet their technology needs. They plan to post results on division website, and it will show the status of each school district. 

The Department of Education is going to use $1 Million from the CARES Act to purchase PPE.

During the press conference, Gov. Hutchinson announced a $10 million Emergency Relief Fund (GEER) for WiFi access points for students across Arkansas. This will provide approximately 20,000 devices with up to 24 months of high speed unlimited data.

The Arkansas Department of Health has ordered more testing equipment. The governor said there will be 200 machines that will come with testing kits and supplies. These are antigen testing systems and should start coming in next week. The state is still working on allocation of those machines.

Gov. Hutchinson announced 824 new cases, which brings the known total to 39,447. There were 7 more deaths were announced, bringing the total to 408.

There was a 9-person increase in hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, bringing the total up to 489.

There were 5,929 COVID-19 tests completed in the last 24 hours.

New cases broken down by county:

  • Pulaski County – 120
  • Washington County – 62
  • Craighead County – 46
  • Benton County – 45
  • Sebastian County – 30
  • Jefferson County – 29


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