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After rising steadily for weeks in Northwest Arkansas, cases of COVID-19 have now been increasing in Sebastian County too. On July 1, the area had 476 total cases of the virus, now there are nearly 2,000 with about 500 active cases. We speak with the Sebastian County Health Unit administrator about why numbers are going up and get information about a free testing event coming up this weekend.

On today's Sound Perimeter with Lia Uribe, we hear Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony #5 in C minor, as well as Cinco Salsa, an arrangement of the same work, performed by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Hovedoen Social Club.



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The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Review Board approved the move of a controversial Confederate monument in Bentonville to a nearby private park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996 for commemorating Confederate Veterans and their cause, the statue was installed and is owned by James H. Berry Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. 

On today's show, we have the latest from the governor's coronavirus response briefing, which included Secretary of Education Johnny Key. Plus, we head to the City of Ozark, which received a nearly $2 million grant to deploy high speed broadband to its residents. And, we speak with UAMS researchers about the various types of face coverings that people are using during the pandemic.

New cases of COVID-19 increased by 912 today, including 754 community cases. Governor Asa Hutchinson said there were 158 new cases in correctional facilities, most of those at the Delta Regional Unit in Chicot County, so the state is planning to test each inmate at Arkansas's 19 correctional facilities. Pulaski County had the most new community cases with 79, Sebastian County had 51, Washington County had 42 and Benton County had 20. The governor also reported 18 more deaths from the virus bringing the total to 508.