One new death in county as state’s total tops 900
By Scott Loftis
Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported Tuesday that 294 Arkansas residents had tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours — the smallest single-day increase in new cases in a week.
Tuesday’s total came just four days after the state reported its highest single-day increase in cases — 1,094 on Friday, Sept. 4 — since the pandemic reached the state in mid-March.
Hutchinson announced nine additional deaths from the virus on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total death count to 917. Hospitalizations increased by 10 from the previous day, to 409, and 84 Arkansans were on ventilators, also an increase of 10 from Monday. The Arkansas Department of Health reported one additional death in Carroll County, increasing the county’s total to eight.
Over a seven-day period beginning Wednesday, Sept. 2, the state announced a total of 4,514 cases, an average of 644.9 per day. In addition to the single-day record reported Friday, the 969 new cases reported Thursday, Sept. 3, were the state’s sixth-highest single-day total.
A total of 103 deaths from the virus were announced during that seven-day span, although some were described as late reports that occurred earlier in the pandemic.
The ADH reported Tuesday morning that a total of 503 Carroll County residents have tested positive for the virus, with 47 active cases, 448 designated as recovered and the eight deaths. The county’s total case count increased by 34 from Tuesday, Sept. 1, with active cases up by five.
Previous holiday weekends — Memorial Day and July 4 — have been followed by a significant increase in new cases. Hutchinson expressed optimism Tuesday that there won’t be a spike after the Labor Day weekend that ended Monday.
“I spent some time across the state, and I saw people really trying to wear their masks, to socially distance,” the governor said. “There’s always exceptions to it. Sometimes you see those on social media, but I saw Arkansans making a real effort to make sure that we didn’t make Labor Day weekend like Memorial (Day) weekend. We’ll get our grade on this in a couple of weeks, but I was very pleased with what I saw in terms of a response.”