By Ray King

Arkansas reported an additional 784 cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, three fewer than were reported Monday.

Governor Asa Hutchinson said during his daily COVID-19 press briefing that Pulaski County had the highest number of cases for any single county in the state with 149, nearly three times as many as the second highest number of cases which was Sebastian County with 56. Mississippi Count reported 55 cases, followed by Washington County with 44, Benton Count with 35, Saline County with 25, Crittenden County with 24 and Jefferson County with 23.

Since the start of the pandemic in March, 45,387 cumulative cases of COVID-19 have been reported and there are currently 6,891 cases that are considered active. Another 38,000 people have recovered.

Of the active cases, 88 are in nursing homes, 373 in correctional facilities and the remaining 6,410 in community settings.

Thirteen additional hospitalizations have been reported, bringing the state total to 526 and there have been 15 additional deaths, raising the total to 490.

Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston also spoke Tuesday and said there are currently about 37,000 individuals whose unemployment assistance claims have been flagged as possible frauds. He said 27,000 of those are pandemic assistance claims and the other 10,000 are traditional unemployment claims.

Preston said state officials are currently investigating those claims and urged employers who receive a notice saying that a current employee has filed for unemployment or residents who are working but receive a notice they were approve for unemployment assistance to contact their local law enforcement agency to have a report taken. He also said to contact the Department of Workforce Services.