Arkansas Records Another Largest Single-Day Increase of Community COVID-19 Cases

Jul 23, 2020

On Thursday, Arkansas added 1,013 new cases of COVID-19 to its cumulative total. At yesterday's briefing, Governor Asa Hutchinson suggested today's case numbers would be higher due to a data entry issue at the Arkansas Department of Health. Of the new cases, 1,008 were in the community making for the largest single-day increase of those types of cases. Pulaski County reported 113 new cases, Washington County had 76, Benton County had 73 and Sebastian County had 65. Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero said the state's positivity rate is eight percent. He also described the process of determining that information. There were also an additional six deaths and another six hospitalizations. At the start of the briefing, Hutchinson named Solomon Graves as his choice for the next Secretary of Corrections to replace Wendy Kelly, who is retiring. There are currently more than 800 active cases of the virus in correctional facilities across Arkansas and 21 inmates have died since the start of the pandemic. To watch the full briefing, click here.