LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has reported 724 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and seven more deaths from the illness it causes. The Department of Health on Friday said the number of confirmed cases in the state since the pandemic began now totals 72,338. The total number of COVID-19 deaths in the state now totals 1,173. The number of people hospitalized dropped by eight to 381. The department said 146 of the new cases reported Friday were in correctional facilities.