(06/29/20) Statewide hospitalizations reach 300

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

  • 20,257 total confirmed cases, up 1,517 from 18,740 on Friday.
  • 5,926 active cases, up 219 from Friday.
  • 14,066 recoveries, up 1,282 from Friday.
  • 265 deaths, up 16 from Friday.
  • 300 cases requiring hospitalization, up 16 from Friday.
  • 63 cases requiring a ventilator, no change from Friday.  
  • 240 cases in Garland County, up 35 from Friday.
  • 67 active cases in Garland County, up 26 from Friday.
  • 172 recoveries in Garland County, up nine from Friday.
  • 1 death in Garland County, no change from Friday.

In the past 24 hours, there were 439 new cases reported, with 418 being community cases and 21 from correctional facilities. The counties with the highest number of new cases are Washington (92), Pulaski (56), Benton (48), Sevier (31) and Sebastian (22). There were 4,939 test results reported in the past 24 hours. Overall in the month of June, there have been 167,168 total test results compiled. Hutchinson shared slides from April, May and June showing the progress of testing in the state in comparison to 11 other southern states. In April and May, Arkansas ranked eighth and ninth among the 12 states in testing per capita, but in June Arkansas has jumped up into the third spot.

Hutchinson also shared his seven-day trend map of the five regions in the state, which showed a recent decline in new cases among the Northwest Region of the state and a trend upward in the Central Region. “We are seeing progress in the Northwest region of our state,” said Dr. Nate Smith. “We do have concerns, though, about the Central Region. Although we haven’t had an explosive increase in cases, we’re going to have to be very vigilant in this central part of the state because that’s our most densely populated portion of the state, and especially going into Fourth of July weekend.”