Coronavirus updates: 1,013 new cases in Arkansas, 6 more deaths

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Last week, Gov. Hutchinson announced a state-wide mandate for the state of Arkansas. The mask mandate will take effect on Monday, July 20.

The governor said this decision came after conversations with those on the front-lines and legislators. He said that the fight against COVID-19 will likely get harder, not easier, and this is a way to enlist everyone in the fight.

The state unemployment rate decreased from 9.6% in May to 8% in June. The national rate is 11.1%.

Key facts to know:

  • 36,259 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas
  • 7,009 active cases as of July 23
  • 386 reported deaths as of July 23
  • 480 hospitalizations
  • 107 on ventilators
  • 28,864 recoveries as of July 23