Coronavirus updates: 787 new positive cases in Arkansas, 11 more deaths

Arkansas has seen a total of 44,597 coronavrius cases since the pandemic began on March 11th.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark — Last week, Gov. Hutchinson announced that Arkansas high school sports will continue as scheduled this fall. He said the state needs school this fall and, part of school, are the sports and activities.

The governor 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.

Key facts to know:

  • 44,597 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas 
  • 6,682 active cases
  • 475 reported deaths 
  • 513 hospitalizations
  • 106 on ventilators
  • 37,240 recoveries

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

Monday, August 3

Today marks two weeks since statewide mask mandate. The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce offers downloadable posters that you can put in the window of your business, to make sure customers know they must wear a mask.

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

  • 787 new cases
    • 6 in prisons
    • 781 in community
  • 6,682 active cases
    • 80 in nursing homes
    • 392 in prisons
    • 6,408 in community
  • 513 hospitalizations
  • 108 ventilators
  • 475 deaths
  • 37,240 recoveries 

Dr. Romero stressed for everyone to get the flu vaccine this year. 

“We know there’s a pressure on our hospitals during flu season, but this year we need that space for COVID-19,” Dr. Romero said. “So get your flu test.”

During the press conference, Gov. Hutchinson announced Arkansas has received 100 antigen testing machines. He said there are also 100 more are on order. 

These will be assigned to public health units with quick turnaround for K-12 schools. So if a teacher or student needs a quick test, these machines will be available for quick testing at public health units. 

Gov. Hutchinson said there are 787 new cases, which brings the known total to 44,597. There were 11 more deaths were announced, bringing the total to 475. 

There was a 2-person decrease in hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, bringing the total down to 513.

There were 194,836 COVID-19 tests completed in July for Arkansas. The new testing goal for the month of August is190,000.  A new goal also calls for another 10,000 antigen tests.

New cases broken down by county:

  • Sebastian County – 87
  • Washington County – 66
  • Pulaski County – 54
  • Benton County – 42
  • Logan County – 37
  • Garland County – 29
  • Crittenden County – 28
  • Jefferson County – 25
  • Mississippi County – 22

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Over the weekend: