Record number of newly reported COVID-19 cases start year in Arkansas

Record number of newly reported COVID-19 cases start year in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - The state of Arkansas set a record on New Year’s Day for the number of newly reported COVID-19 cases, with over 4,300 cases reported to state health officials.

According to a tweet from Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas had 229,442 total cases, up 4,304 from Thursday’s numbers.

In the tweet, Gov. Hutchinson said the state was in a surge after Christmas travel and gatherings around the state.

The number of total active cases also increased by 1,741, to 23,930, while state health officials reported 35 additional deaths due to the virus.

Of the 35 deaths, five were reported in Region 8 with one death each in Clay, Crittenden, Greene, Independence and Mississippi counties.

The number of hospitalizations decreased 10 to 1,185, while 205 people were on ventilators around the state. The number of people on ventilators also decreased by four, officials said.

No Region 8 counties were in the Top 5 in new cases.

However, Benton County, in the northwest part of the state, led Arkansas with 588 cases followed by Pulaski County with 552 cases.

Washington County was third with 362 new cases, while Sebastian County was fourth with 271 cases. Faulkner County was fifth with 187 cases.

State health officials also said Friday that over 200,000 people have recovered from the virus since the pandemic began.

Region 8 News will have more details as they become available.

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