Coronavirus updates: 787 new positive cases in Arkansas, over 500 hospitalization

Arkansas has seen a total of 40,968 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:

  • 40,968 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas 
  • 6,590 active cases
  • 434 reported deaths 
  • 508 hospitalizations as of July 29
  • 108 on ventilators as of July 29
  • 33,938 recoveries

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

Wednesday, July 29

Dr. Jennifer Dillaha provided a breakdown of the cases in the state:

  • 787 new cases
    • 170 in prisons
      • 145 in Chicot County prison
    • 617 in community
  • 6,590 active cases
    • 80 in nursing homes
    • 342 in prisons
    • 6,174 in community
  • 508 hospitalizations
  • 108 ventilators
  • 434 deaths
  • 33,938 recoveries 

14-day rolling percent positive by county of residence:

Dr. Dillaha said if a person is in the hospital, they need to be isolation for 20 days. The CDC has looked at studies, and patients are not shown to shed the virus after 10 days, but people who are more sick can shed the virus for a longer time. 

Isolation and quarantine is not the same thing:

  • Quarantine is when someone has been exposed and they don’t know if they’ll develop the disease.
  • Isolation is when you already have it.

During the press conference, Gov. Hutchinson announced 787 new cases, which brings the known total to 40,968. There were 6 more deaths were announced, bringing the total to 434. 

There was a 7-person increase in hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, bringing the total up to 508.

There were 4,919 COVID-19 tests completed in the last 24 hours.

New cases broken down by county:

  • Chicot County – 152
  • Pulaski County – 82
  • Sebastian County – 43
  • Benton County – 33
  • Little River County – 30
  • Craighead County – 24
  • Mississippi County – 22
  • Washington County – 22

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Tuesday, July 28

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

  • 734 new cases
    • 20 in prisons
    • 714 in community
  • 6,565 active cases
    • 79 in nursing homes
    • 225 in prisons
    • 6,261 in community
  • 501 hospitalizations
  • 110 ventilators
  • 428 deaths
  • 33,188 recoveries

Watch Tuesday’s press conference:

During the press conference, Gov. Hutchinson announced 734 new cases, which brings the known total to 40,181. There were 20 more deaths were announced, bringing the total to 428. Dr. Romero clarified that six of the 20 new deaths were not within the last 24 hours.

There was a 12-person increase in hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, bringing the total up to 501.

“These are not good numbers,” Gov. Hutchinson said. “This is not good news.”

There were 5,248 COVID-19 tests completed in the last 24 hours.

New cases broken down by county:

  • Pulaski County – 55
  • Benton County – 50
  • Mississippi County – 48
  • Washington County – 45
  • Sebastian County – 45
  • Pope County – 36
  • Faulkner County – 34

Arkansas has tested over 170,100 people for COVID-19 for the month of July. This is 6% of the Arkansas population. 

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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.

Watch Monday’s press conference:

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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