As of 1:30 p.m. there were 26,803 COVID-19 cumulative cases. There have been 313 deaths in Arkansas. There are currently 5,847 active cases. There have been 20,642 recoveries.
In Polk County, there have been 84 cases, 8 are active, 76 recoveries, 1,594 negative tests, and 0 deaths according to the ADH COVID-19 Dashboard.***
In neighboring Sevier County, there have been 781 cases, 88 are active, 684 recoveries, 3,589 negative tests, and 9 deaths according to the ADH COVID-19 Dashboard.***
***These numbers will be updated later today.
Governor Asa Hutchinson spoke about the need for Arkansans to wear masks. The Governor also spoke about the need for quicker test results from commercial labs.
Responding to a reporter's question about social media posts about masks not being effective and that they are not comfortable to wear in the heat, the Governor said "those that follow conspiracy theories are in the extreme minority."
Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith gave the following report of numbers:
751 new cases (149 in prisons, 602 in the community)
26,803 cumulative cases
8 new hospitalizations
402 currently hospitalized
84 are on ventilators
4 new deaths
313 deaths total
5,847 active cases (123 in nursing homes, 584 in prisons, 5,140 in the community)
650 new recoveries
20,642 recoveries total
5,212 tests yesterday.
Of the new cases, the highest numbers by county were Hot Spring with 145, Pulaski with 100, Benton with 51, Washington with 51, Sebastian with 42, Faulkner with 25, Pope with 25, Jefferson with 23, and Yell with 21. All other counties have fewer than 20 new cases.
Dr. Smith noted that most if not all of the new cases in Hot Spring County were in the Ouachita River Correctional Facility.
Dr. Jose Romero, who will become the acting Secretary of Health when Dr. Smith leaves to work at the CDC, spoke at the briefing in Spanish with an interpreter.
In the neighboring Oklahoma counties:
Curtain County has had 600 cases, 10 deaths, 454 recoveries, and currently 136 active cases.
LeFlore County has had 54 cases, 1 death, 32 recoveries, and currently has 21 active cases.
As of 3:20 p.m. in the US, 3,144,472 cumulative cases, 969,111 recoveries, and 133,677 deaths.
Globally 12,342,043 cumulative cases, 6,786,196 recoveries, and 556,383 deaths.
More data is available on the ADH site here.
More data is available on the ODH site here.
To watch the video of today's briefing, click here.
7-10-20 2:30 PM KAWX.ORG