By Ray King

Arkansas has now moved past the 42,000 mark in the number of COVID-19 cases reported as an additional 752 cases were reported in the past 224 hours. That brought the state to 42,511 cumulative cases since early March when the first case was reported. Fifty-three of the new cases are in correctional facilities and the remaining 729 in community settings.

During his daily COVID-19 press conference Friday, Governor Asa Hutchinson said three additional people have been hospitalized, bringing the state total to 507. An additional 11 deaths were reported, raising the state total to 453.

Sebastian County reported the highest number of active cases for any county in the state with 81, followed by Pulaski County with 77, Benton County with 51, Washington County with 41 and Independence County with 31. Crittenden and Union Counties had 29 each, Mississippi County had 25, Jefferson County 23 and Saline County 21.

There are currently 6,645 active cases and 35,413 people have recovered.

With one day left in the month of July, 188,478 people have been tested with a positivity rate of nearly 10 percent. Hutchinson had set a goal of 200,000 tests for the month and said the state will come close to that but may not make it.