LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson updates the public on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.
There are 645 new COVID-19 cases in Arkansas in the past 24 hours, with hospitalizations down six to 508. Eleven more people have died from COVID-19 in Arkansas, though not all in the last 24 hours, raising the state’s death toll to 555.
Hutchinson said the daily average number of new cases show the mask mandate is starting to work.
ADH Secretary Dr. Jose Romero said, “We’re starting to depress the curve, but we shouldn’t slack as we’re starting to see better numbers.”
Dr. Romero also warned parents to be aware of a syndrome that causes children to have acute paralysis of arms/legs. Romero expects to see more cases of it this year.
The UAMS modeling predicted the state would be at 55,000 COVID-19 cases by August 10, but the state is currently at 50,028.
Hutchinson started off the press conference by commenting on President Trump’s executive order over the weekend. Hutchinson said, “We should not block immediate relief.”
The best solution, Hutchinson says, is for Congress to reach an agreement.
There are currently 120,000 Arkansans on unemployment and would benefit from enhanced compensation.
Hutchinson said the state of Arkansas can put up 25% of new unemployment benefits, but it will be difficult and will take some time. The best solution is for Congress to reach an agreement.