GOV: Highest number of new COVID cases in 24-hour period reported in Ark.

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.

FULL BRIEFING 9/4: Gov. Hutchinson and ADH COVID-19 update for Arkansas

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:

The current number of COVID cases in the University community is too high. We need to work hard on reducing the number to maintain a campus environment that is as safe as possible and have a successful semester. Here are two measures we are taking at this time: First, starting Saturday, Sept. 5 and continuing through Sept. 18, on-campus events are suspended, other than official events conducted by University academic and administrative units, which are still subject to approval on a case by case basis. To be clear, this suspension does not affect in-person classes, labs, or other instructional activities and does not relate to practices or related activities for intercollegiate athletics. Whether this might need to be extended will be evaluated over the next two weeks. Second, we believe that one of the largest sources of transmission among students may be off-campus social gatherings where social distancing is not observed. We understand that students enjoy getting together to socialize, but at this time events where social distancing and mask-wearing do not occur run the risk of further spreading the disease and putting others at risk. Therefore, we want to make the following clear: Until further notice, if the Office of Student Standards and Conduct receives a report of large parties and similar social gatherings involving 10 or more student guests, without very clearly maintained safety elements such as social distancing and mask-wearing, and the report is verified, the University will treat the event as a violation of the Code of Student Life by organizers and by attendees. Organizing and conducting such an event will be considered a serious matter and students will be held accountable. In addition, if the Office of Student Standards and Conduct receives a report of students in the Dickson Street entertainment district or elsewhere congregating in large groups to socialize, not maintaining social distancing and mask-wearing, the matter will be treated as a Code of Student Life violation. Students must hold each other accountable for safe behavior and lead the way in modifying conduct to prevent COVID Spread.
Charles F. Robinson, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Student and Academic Affairs

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.”

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