Arkansas reported 1,107 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, setting a new daily record for the state.
According to Governor Asa Hutchinson the majority of the positive tests came from one lab while some of the results were from last week. It is unknown how many cases from last week were counted in Friday’s numbers.
Hutchinson said he believes the cases are connected to Labor Day activities, but that hasn’t been confirmed by health officials. He also stated he was not surprised by the spike.
Hutchinson said the state will consider “additional action” such as enhanced contact tracing and testing if there are more days with higher than 1,000 new cases. He said he would not consider more broad and restrictive measures.
” I don’t want to minimize it,” said Hutchinson. “But at the same time, you don’t want to overreact to one day’s data.”
Arkansas reported 7,801 daily tests, a figure that’s higher than average.
Total cases in Arkansas are up to 67,911.
There are only 5,713 active cases.
Additionally, 13 new deaths were reported Friday, bringing the total to 953.
Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero stated that 13 percent of the new cases came from universities from around the state.