Arkansas Reports 787 New Coronavirus Cases, 11 More Deaths

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas on Monday reported 787 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and 11 more deaths from the illness caused by the virus.

The Department of Health said at least 44,597 people in the state have tested positive for the virus. The state said 6,882 of those cases are active, meaning they don’t include people who have died or recovered.

The true number of cases in Arkansas is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick. The number of people who died from COVID-19 rose to 475. The number of people hospitalized declined by two to 513.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday set a goal for 190,000 tests for COVID-19 to be conducted in the state this month, along with 10,000 antigen tests. The state in July fell short of the 200,000 test goal Hutchinson had set for the month, with 194,836 tests conducted.

Hutchinson also said the state had received 100 antigen testing machines that will be assigned to public health units to prioritize testing for K-12 students, teachers and school staff. Arkansas schools are set to reopen later this month.

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