(07/24/20) 990 new cases reported today

17 new hospitalizations also reported

The following statistics were shared Friday, July 24, at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 news conference in Little Rock and posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s website:

  • 37,249 total confirmed cases, up 990 from 36,259 on Thursday.
  • 7,028 active cases, up 19 from Thursday.
  • 29,827 recoveries, up 963 from Thursday.
  • 394 deaths, up eight from Thursday.
  • 497 cases requiring hospitalization, up 17 from Thursday.
  • 109 cases requiring a ventilator, up two from Thursday.  
  • 581 cumulative cases in Garland County, up 32 cases from Wednesday (today’s data not yet available).
  • 200 active cases in Garland County, up 11 from Wednesday (today’s data not yet available).
  • 376 recoveries in Garland County, up 21 from Wednesday (today’s data not yet available).
  • 5 deaths in Garland County, no change from Wednesday (today’s data not yet available).

In the past 24 hours, the number of new cases was 990. The top counties with new cases were Pulaski (144), Washington (82), Benton (55), Newton (55), Sebastian (38), Jefferson (37) and Pope (37). There was a total of 8,015 test results reported in the past 24 hours, which the governor said he is very pleased with. In running down the list of hospitals with new hospitalizations, he pointed out that they are spread throughout state.

“I just want to urge all Arkansans that, as we go into this weekend, that 900 cases is too high. We need to reduce that so we can continue to make progress,” he said. “So follow all the guidelines, wear your mask, make sure that you socially distance if you go outside. Just be careful because it’s the backyard barbeques, it’s the swim parties, it is other things that we’re not careful in that can lead to a spread of this. So I’m asking all Arkansans to be particularly careful this weekend.”

The governor welcomed guests to promote a higher response to the census throughout the state. Fort Smith Mayor George McGill, chair of the Arkansas Complete Count Committee, talked about the importance of a complete count for Arkansas. “Keep in mind the things that we care about – education, roads, taking care of our senior citizens – all of these things are heavily dependent on the funding that we get from the federal government, and those numbers are driven by the data found in the census,” he said. Kara Wilkins, coordinator with Arkansas Counts, added to this by saying that every year, roughly $7.5 billion in federal resources are distributed in Arkansas counties based on census data. “In just a few days, we will reach 90 days until the census completion deadline,” she said. Arkansas Counts is promoting five ways to move the count in 90 days: encouraging all families to complete the census either online, by phone in English or Spanish or by mail; encouraging participation in the 20-for-20 campaign in which individuals call or text 20 friends, family members and colleagues to remind them to complete the census; encourage parents to complete the census during back to school and completion of registration, or while navigating online platforms; encouraging municipalities to set up census support sites where people can complete the census; and encouraging people to visit www.2020census.gov or www.arcounts.org for additional resources. Danny Burl, partnership specialist with the Chicago Region of the U.S. Census Bureau, said that Arkansas is currently in 41st place in response rate for the census. “Currently, of the estimated 3 million residents in Arkansas, 880,000 households of approximately 1 million have responded. Our shared goal of 100% response in Arkansas is possible, but it’s up to you – the residents – to respond before the count is completed on October 31, 2020.”

Hutchinson said that it’s our constitutional responsibility in our country every 10 years to complete the census. “In Arkansas, it makes a big difference for us in how we determine our representation, in our federal turn-back dollars,” he said. The states response rate is currently at around 57%, compared to the national average of around 62%. “We need everybody to do their job, to participate in the census, to help Arkansas out to make sure that we have a complete count. If not, they’re going to be going door-to-door, and, in this environment, I don’t think anybody wants us to have to go door-to-door for the census.”

To complete the census, visit www.2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020.