Case update: Arkansas coronavirus cases increase by 722 on 6,682 tests

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in of Arkansas increased by 722 on 6,682 tests on Thursday, bringing the total of cases in the state to 58,745 since the pandemic began.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the numbers during his coronavirus press briefing held in Little Rock.

There were seven additional deaths, bringing the toll to 739.

Of the new cases announced Thursday, 71 came from correctional facilities, and 651 are considered active in the community. The number of active cases in the state are at 5,341, with 52,665 individuals considered to have recovered from the virus.

Hospitalizations decreased by two, reducing the total to 433. There are 99 Arkansans on ventilators, down nine from Wednesday.

The top counties for new cases on Thursday were Pulaski (64), Benton (37), Sebastian (37), Pope (34), Jefferson (32), White (29), Saline (27), and Garland (20).

The governor also announced that 222 cases are currently active in Arkansas school districts. A total of 101 school faculty and staff have tested positive for the virus, and 441 students have tested positive since June 15, the governor said.

There are 41 cases currently active in universities and colleges in the state. According to the University of Arkansas’ COVID-19 dashboard, as of 5 p.m. on Thursday, there are currently 14 positive cases at the UA.