DE QUEEN, Ark. (KAIT) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Nate Smith, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, updated the public on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.
The briefing was held at the Skilled Trades Building of the University of Arkansas-Cossatot De Queen Campus.
Governor Hutchinson announced Friday that over 400 people are now currently hospitalized due to the coronavirus in the state, with deaths at 313 Arkansans.
Hutchinson showed that while this week has been rough, Friday’s numbers look to be flattening out saying, “Flat is good, going down is even better.”
Central Arkansas has passed Northwest Arkansas for the highest growth rate of new COVID-19 cases.
The counties ranking in the top 5 most cases Friday are:
- Hot Spring Co. - 145
- Pulaski Co. - 100
- Benton Co. - 54
- Washington Co. - 51
- Sebastian Co. - 42
“Evidence is clear that masks are useful in source control,” Dr. Nate Smith says. “Your surgeon always wears a mask because you don’t want what’s coming out of nose and mouth. We know that they [masks] work.”