Arkansas Department Of Health reported over 400 additional cases on Sunday bringing the total number of cases to 12,501 statewide.

Two additional deaths have been attributed to the virus bringing the total deaths to 179.

Over 1,100 new cases were reported this weekend by the ADH with Governor Hutchinson stating Friday he expects next weeks numbers to be even higher with testing accelerating across the state.

Officials in the northwest part of the state continue to discover new patients who test positive without showing any symptoms. Both the Governor and the Secretary of Health spokesperson continue to promote the social distancing and wearing of mask. Although not a directive but highly recommended in attempts to slow the spread of the virus.

Cases in northeast Arkansas with the exception of Craighead have decreased but virus spread in the northwest and central part of the state continue to be a concern.

CDC officials will be assisting ADH in the Springdale area next week. Springdale had a substantial increase in cases reported last week.

8,110 recoveries have been reported as of Sunday.

Arkansas will enter Phase II on Monday July 15th.

To protect yourself and others, the ADH recommends:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Practice physical distancing. Avoid close contact with others, especially those who are sick, by keeping at least 6 feet between you and others.
  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, seek testing. Testing is available in many locations, including ADH Local Health Units.
  • Wear a cloth mask when in public and unable to maintain a 6-foot distance from others. Click here to read the CDC’s recommendations.