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Hutchinson: New cases see significant drop within 24 hours; school on track for Aug. 24

There was a noticeable decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases that were reported within 24 hours in Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in today’s statewide briefing on the pandemic.

The state reported 383 new cases. In comparison, the state added 645 new cases on Monday.

The governor said the news is encouraging, and Health Director Jose Romero said one reason for the drop was the governor’s mask mandate.

However, the governor insisted the state won’t consider it a downward trend until (and if) the figures continue to slide within the next few days.

Also at today’s briefing, Hutchinson said he still considers Aug. 24 to be the date for reopening state schools.

Other stats from the Tuesday media conference:

  • Eleven more deaths were reported since Monday, bringing the statewide total to 566.
  • There have been 4,140 tests within the last 24 hours.
  • There are a total of 50,411 cases in Arkansas. 
  • There are a total of 6,847 active cases.
  • Recoveries stand at 42,998.

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