By Ray King

For the third straight day, new cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas dropped, this time to 320.

At his daily COVID-19 briefing Monday, Governor Asa Hutchinson said there are currently 56,894 cumulative cases of COVID-19, 5,509 which are active cases.

On Friday, 887 cases were reported, followed by 547 on Saturday and 375 on Sunday.

There are currently 466 people hospitalized, 34 less than on Sunday, and there were 9 deaths reported bringing the state total to 696. State Health Officer Dr. Jose Romero said one of those deaths was a delayed report from July.

Only three counties reported more than 20 new cases in the latest report. They were Pulaski County with 46, Faulkner County with 36 and Poinsett County with 23. Of the new cases, 309 were reported in community settings and the remaining 11 in correctional facilities.

To date, 50,689 people are listed as recovered.

With Monday being the first day of school for most of the state, Education Secretary Johnny Key said he has received positive feedback from districts around the state on how things were going.

Key was asked about the decision of the Woodlawn School Board in Cleveland County to delay the opening of their district until further notice. That announcement was sent to parents in the district late Sunday night, telling them not to bring students to the school on Monday.

Key said one employee, who worked in food service tested positive and there were six close contacts. He said the district is hoping to get replacements for those workers and be able to open Wednesday.