LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - The state of Arkansas saw increases in both hospitalizations and total active COVID-19 cases as the total number of new cases went up 2,000 Saturday around the state.
The increase in hospitalizations was also a record in the state Saturday, according to content partner KATV.
According to a tweet from Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas had 231,442 total cases as of Saturday.
The governor said the reduced number of new cases was partly due to lower testing Friday, while 40% of the state’s new cases happened in five counties in the state.
The state reported a record in new cases Friday with over 4,300 cases.
No Region 8 county was in the Top 5 in new cases Saturday.
Pulaski County was first in the state with 244 cases, followed by Benton County with 219. Washington County was third with 213, while Faulkner County was fourth with 98 cases. Pope County was fifth in the state with 96 cases.
However, Gov. Hutchinson said the virus has been active in every county.
“So let’s all be careful and safe as we start the week,” Gov. Hutchinson said.
As of Saturday, 1,216 people were hospitalized due to the virus, up 31 from Friday while the number of total active cases was at 23,986, up 56 from Friday.
State health officials said 197 people were on ventilators, down 8 from Friday’s numbers.
Arkansas also reported 18 additional deaths in the state, with the death toll now at 3,729.
Of the 18 deaths, five were in Region 8 with one death each in Craighead, Crittenden, Lawrence, Randolph and White counties.
Officials also said over 203,000 people have recovered from the virus since the pandemic began.