After a week in which the state averaged 600 new cases of COVID-19, the start of the new week saw numbers below 400.
During his daily COVID-19 briefing Monday, Governor Asa Hutchinson said there were 368 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the state’s cumulative total to 61,224. Of those, 5,466 cases are considered active.
Hospitalizations increased by 29, going to 420 which the Governor said is below number reported earlier this year.
“This is a reflection of what happens when you get an uptick in cases,” he said.
An additional 13 deaths were reported, bringing the state total to 797.
State Health Officer Dr. Jose Romero said six of those deaths were the result of late reports, one from June and five from July. Two others were from a nursing home with no clusters.
Romero also said there were four counties that reported more than 20 new cases, starting with Pulaski Cunty which had 50. Pope County reported 41, Benton County 30 and Garland County 21.
So far this month, 181,950 tests have been conducted which the Governor said reflects six percent of the state’s population.
State Education Secretary Johnny Key said two additional school districts, Cross County and Marshal High School in Searcy County have switched to an all-virtual learning model for their high schools and said in both cases, the switch was caused by a low staff as a result of quarantines.