SEARCY, Ark. (KAIT) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson, along with ADH Secretary Dr. Jose Romero, provided an update Friday on the state’s response to the spread of COVID-19 in Arkansas.
The Governor announced 1,094 new cases, the highest number of new cases since the pandemic began.
Of the 1,094 new cases, 82% are in the college-age category.
Craighead County had 47 new cases, with 43% of those were from people in the 18-23 range.
Washington County also saw a big college-age increase.
Both Craighead and Washington counties are home to Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas.
The University of Arkansas is banning all gatherings, on and off-campus, of 10 or more, and they’ll use the student code of conduct to get students to comply.
The University of Arkansas is suspending some on-campus events due to the rising cases of COVID-19 on campus.
This doesn’t affect classes, labs, instructional activities & athletic practices, according to the letter below:
Hospitalizations statewide are down 24 to a total of 401, and 12 more have died, raising the death toll to 873.
The state ran 11,254 tests, which is the most ever done in a 24-hour period in Arkansas.
Hutchinson said, “These new numbers are “fairly dramatic” as we head into Labor Day weekend.”