During Wednesday’s daily COVID-19 update, Gov. Asa Hutchinson shared that eight counties had more than 20 new cases over the previous 24 hours. These counties are more widespread than previous increases and the governor noted that this means the virus is less localized.


The eight counties in question were, in order of number of new cases, Pulaski, Washington, Benton, Pope, Mississippi, Yell, Johnson and Saline.


Hutchinson did note that the fact that these counties are more spread out, which means that the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) can implement their strategy in various counties at once.


With more than 4,500 tests administered, Health Secretary Nate Smith noted that they were still seeing reduced numbers from the holiday weekend.


The rolling average of positivity rate in Arkansas remains level, but is close to 7%. This is an overall increase from last week.


There were 734 new cases on Wednesday and four more deaths for a total of 25,246 total cases and 305 total deaths since March.


After a decrease in the rolling average of new cases and the number of active cases, both saw a slight rise on Wednesday. Hutchinson hoped that these numbers would go back down, but noted that the mentality must be "steady as you go."


The number of hospitalizations, which are often noted as a lagging indicator of the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, we down to 358 with 79 on ventilators.


Smith showed a chart that showed the number of active cases per 10,000 people in the top 10 counties. Sebastian County was seventh in overall cases and tied for eighth in cases per capita.


Hutchinson addressed a complaint of long lines at testing sites by asking people to be aware of all sites in their area and take advantage of them.


The governor also reiterated there is still a community-wide spread of the virus and Arkansans need to be careful and take individual action to prevent more such spread.


In response to comparing Arkansas to the nation, Hutchinson said, "We’re holding our own, but you let up for a minute, it gets the best of us." He also stated that "We’ve got to stick with this" in regards to the precautions the state is taking.


The governor noted that Thursday’s briefing will focus on education and what to expect for schools reopening in the fall on the K-12 and collegiate levels.