In the past 30 days, the number of active cases of COVID-19 have more than doubled.
As of Sunday, the number of active cases recorded in Independence County by the Arkansas Department of Health reached 93. As of Sunday afternoon, the number of recoveries was listed at 94.
To date there has been no deaths.
Independence County Judge Robert Griffin recently stated that he is not aware of any “hot spots” in Independence County, but numbers have went up to 93 active results.
“These are not small jumps,” he said on his Facebook page. “Please take care.”
The past week, Arkansas has been hit hard with the number of cases and deaths throughout the state.
During Governor Asa Hutchinson’s press conference last Thursday, he reported that, there were 36,259 total COVID-19 cases with 386 deaths in the state, making an increase of 1,013 cases and six deaths since the news conference Wednesday.
As of Friday afternoon, there were 37,249 total COVID-19 cases with 394 deaths in the state, according to Governor Asa Hutchinson.
This was an increase of 990 cases and eight deaths since the news conference Thursday.
According to the Arkansas Department of Health, Saturday afternoon numbers showed there are 37,981 total COVID-19 cases with 399 deaths in the state.
The Associated Press reported that Arkansas reported 642 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Sunday and two more deaths from the illness caused by the virus.
The Department of Health said at least 38,623 people in the state have tested positive for the virus, an increase from the 37,981 confirmed cases reported Saturday. The department said 6,600 of the cases are active, meaning they don’t include people who have died or recovered.
The true number of cases in Arkansas is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
Two more people have died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, bringing the state’s total fatalities to 401. The number of people hospitalized because of COVID-19 increased by one to 480.
Numbers like this are making the decision of children attending school or not much harder for parents to make.
On Friday, Lyon College announced that the campus will remained closed for the fall semester, offering virtual classes only.
As of now, most public schools are also offering a virtual option for students as well.