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Montgomery County records fifth positive COVID-19 case

Montgomery County reported its fifth positive case today according to data available at the Arkansas Department of Health’s website. The state of Arkansas reported the highest one day total of new cases today, July 2, with 878 new cases.

Montgomery County is currently showing two active cases, but has added one to the recovery list for a total of five total cases of COVID-19 in the state of Arkansas.

Arkansas currently is reporting 6,098 active cases wit 279 deaths reported.

Governor Asa Hutchinson has turned to sports in an effort to encourage people to wear face masks. He stated during Wednesday’s press conference that if people hoped to see high school football and basketball played this year they needed to start wearing their masks. He explained that close contact sports such as football and basketball can’t return until statewide positive case results decline enough to enter Phase III of the reentry plan.

During today’s press conference the Governor was joined by leaders of both the Democratic and Republican state parties to share that Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston had interpreted the state’s absentee ballot rules to include COVID-19 as just cause to request such a ballot. Both Democratic Party Chairman Michael John Gray and Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb gave their endorsement for this plan. He stressed that this was not a mail in ballot, but referred to the state’s existing absentee ballot.

A look at bordering counties reveals continuing hot spots in Hot Spring County and Yell County. Hot Spring County is reporting 525 active cases with many attributed to the prison located in the county. They also are reporting 3,461 negative test results with 55 recoveries. Yell County is reporting 222 active cases and three COVID-19 related deaths. They have reported 2,077 negative test results and 433 recoveries..

Garland County is reporting 81 active cases and one virus related death. They have 7,547 negative test results and 185 recoveries.

Howard County is reporting 28 active cases and one virus related death. They have reported 1,312 negative test results and 67 recoveries.

Polk County reports nine active cases and 66 recoveries. They have reported 1,465 negative test results.

Scott County is reporting five active cases and seven recoveries. They are reporting 506 negative test results.

Clark County reports three active cases and 54 recoveries. They have 1,892 negative test results.

Pike County reports two active cases and seven recoveries. They have reported 1,749 negative test results.

Montgomery County has the fewest total cases confirmed with five. Two cases are active at this time with three recoveries. The county is reporting 584 negative test results.

For up to date information on COVID-19 in Arkansas and/or specific statewide and county numbers visit healthy.arkansas.gov

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