Arkansas now has had over 40,000 total cases of Coronavirus since the first detection of the virus in Pine Bluff in March.

Tuesday Governor Asa Hutchinson announced there were 734 new cases, bringing the overall total to 40,181 total cases state-wide.

There are currently 6,569 active cases with 501 people hospitalized and 428 total deaths. There were 20 deaths within the past 24 hours.

The state has had 33,188 recoveries, an increase of 823 from Monday.

Additionally, Hutchinson announced a new map that shows the overall positivity percentage by county. Jefferson county currently has a 9.5 percent positivity rate.

Hutchinson also said the state of Arkansas is committed to starting school the week of August 24th. For students, “it’s important to their emotional health and their education.” He played a clip of several infectious disease experts saying they’re comfortable sending their own children back to school.

Additionally, Hutchinson was asked about the status of contact sports such as Arkansas high school football.

“We have given it thought, we have had discussions with the Arkansas Activities Association,” said Hutchinson. “The Department of Health and the Arkansas Activities Association have worked very hard on this. Teams are allowed to do non-contact drills. In terms of non-contact sports, we are not ready to move. Hopefully it will get better. They can train, but not engaging in full contact drills.”

It is unknown when a final decision will be made in regard to high school football being played in Arkansas in 2020.