Ark. sets new high in number of people hospitalized by COVID-19

FULL BRIEFING 7/21: Gov. Hutchinson, ADH, Education Secretary COVID-19 update for Arkansas

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.

Hutchinson said over the past 24 hours, the state has seen 728 new cases, 488 current hospitalizations, and deaths are up 11 to 374. A total of 5,670 people were tested over the last 24 hours.

The head of the Arkansas Department of Education, Johnny Key, and Governor Hutchinson said they’re still committed to going back to school the week of August 24.

Hutchinson said the teachers have raised important questions that still have to be answered. He says everyone wants to go back to school safely.

Governor Hutchinson played a clip of several infectious disease experts saying on NBC News, that they’re comfortable sending their own children back to school.

For full context, while some said they don’t favor opening schools so soon, all 5 agreed that the benefits of in-person schooling outweigh the risks, but “the key is to reopen safely,” the experts said.

“This is a moving target. COVID-19 does what it wants. We need to be flexible...any recommendation today could change in a week or a month,” Dr. Jose Romerosaid in reference to opening schools in Arkansas.

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