LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson updated the public on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.
Hutchinson started off by reading the latest numbers, which continue to hover around 790-800 cases per day. Hutchinson said it’s great that they’re roughly the same, but they’re still “way too high.”
Governor Hutchinson said, “We have now performed 180,000 tests in Arkansas in July. That’s roughly 6% of the state.” Hutchinson continued to say that, “In a cocky moment, we said we could do 200,000 tests in the month of July. We might not make that goal, but that’s where we are.”
Dr. Romero announced that “Pre-surgery testing is no longer required, and it will be up to the individual hospitals and physicians to make that decision,” Romero said.
Hutchinson said that an update was coming on Friday on the status of fall contact sports.
Hutchinson also assigned 14 Arkansas National Guardsmen to the Arkansas Dept. of Health.