(07/28/20) Two additional deaths in Garland County

The following statistics were shared Tuesday, July 28, at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 news conference in Little Rock and posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s website:

  • 40,181 total confirmed cases, up 734 from 39,447 on Monday. 
  • 6,565 active cases, down 109 from Monday.
  • 33,188 recoveries, up 823 from Monday.
  • 428 deaths, up 20 from Monday.
  • 501 cases requiring hospitalization, up 12 from Monday.
  • 110 cases requiring a ventilator, no change from Monday.  
  • 713 cumulative cases in Garland County, up 18 cases from Monday.
  • 224 active cases in Garland County, down nine from Monday.
  • 482 recoveries in Garland County, up 25 from Monday.
  • 7 deaths in Garland County, up two from Monday.

In the past 24 hours, the number of new cases was 734, with 714 from the community and 20 from correctional facilities. Among the top 11 counties with new case counts at 20 or higher were Pulaski with 55, Benton with 50, Mississippi with 48, Sebastian with 45, Washington with 45, Pope with 36 and Faulkner with 34. Garland County had an additional 18 new cases reported, but with 25 recoveries and two deaths, the active case count dropped by nine to 224. 

“These are not good numbers whenever we’ve gone over the 40,000 cumulative in terms of our total cases, when we’ve gone over 500 in our hospitalizations – these are both high-water numbers for us – and, of course, having an increase of 20 in terms of our deaths is not good news as well,” said Hutchinson. 

There was a total of 5,248 test results reported in the past 24 hours. Six of the 20 deaths were considered “late reporting,” and Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero said that there were “no clustering of deaths.” 

The governor began today’s briefing by thanking the Legislative Council of the General Assembly that today passed multiple appropriations in terms of needs in Arkansas for contact tracing for the state’s minority populations and for additional support to the Arkansas Department of Health.