MENA, 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 from the Ouachita Center on the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain campus in Mena.
Arkansas has recorded a record high of 1,107 new coronavirus cases in a single day, with 13 new deaths with a total of 953 deaths in the state since March.
Of the new ones, 225 came from one lab that brought them in to be tested in one day, and the cases were from last week.
Dr. Jose Romero stressed that college-aged people continue to be a major contributor to new cases. Romero stated that 13% of today’s case number is from colleges and universities, but noted that today’s number is down, “so that’s good.”
Hutchinson announced that 7,801 tests were performed in the last 24 hours, with 459 antigen tests that were also performed, with 78 of those returned as “probable positives.”
Hutchinson noticed that the 65 and older age range is the slowest increase said, “Because they’re careful.”
It will be the governor’s last daily briefing. Hutchinson announced on Thursday, Sept. 10, he and the Arkansas Department of Health would transition to weekly and as-needed briefings.