BATESVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero provided a COVID-19 update Wednesday from Batesville.
The 1:30 p.m. briefing was held in Independence Hall Auditorium on the University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville campus.
Gov. Hutchinson says while the state remains in the White House’s “red” zone for new cases per capita, our new cases are declining and the positivity rate remains in the yellow.
Gov. Hutchinson reported an additional 606 new cases of COVID-19.
Gov. Hutchinson reports the Northeast region has the highest growth rate of new COVID-19 cases from Sept. 6 - Sept. 12.
Jackson County had the highest growth rate in the Northeast region, with just under 35%.
Jackson County Judge Jeff Phillips called the news “disturbing.” He could not release where the spike of new cases was coming from, but he told Region 8 News that it is in a living facility outside of the nursing home, jail and prison.
“We stayed low for so long and it was so long before even got a case. I’m very proud of our citizens for taking those precautions but we can’t let up now," Phillips said.
Dr. Romero reported 5,572 active cases.
Of the top counties mentioned, Craighead County has 20 new cases.
A member of the audience asked about the poultry industry related to COVID-19 in Independence County.
Gov. Hutchinson said the county is doing well overall with its total number of active cases.
He remarked this reflects the challenges that have been faced in the months in the poultry industry.
“They’ve responded well. They’ve put a high priority on the safety of workers. I think that’s reflective by the fact that there’s reduced growth of cases here in Independence County," he said.