LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - The state of Arkansas saw increases in hospitalizations, total cases and total active cases Thursday as state officials say new cases were down, compared to Wednesday’s numbers.
According to a tweet from Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas had 245,916 total cases, up 3,323 from Wednesday, while total active cases were up 892 to 25,984.
There were 1,326 in the hospital Thursday due to the virus, up 5 since Wednesday, while 218 people are on ventilators.
No Region 8 counties were in the top 5 counties with new cases.
Pulaski County was first in the state with 453 cases, followed by Benton County with 350. Washington County was third with 289, followed by Faulkner County with 137 and Garland County with 133.
Gov. Hutchinson said in the tweet that he believes it is key for people to become vaccinated.
“Yesterday presented a lower number of new cases & higher testing than the day before. We also continue to receive & administer doses of vaccine throughout the state,” Gov. Hutchinson said. “It’s critical we work together to protect ourselves & our neighbors as this virus spreads.”
As for vaccinations, state officials say 169,625 doses have been received and 58,914 doses have been given as of Thursday. Also, there have been 2,374 doses given to long-term care by CVS/Walgreens.
State health officials said the number of total deaths increased by 25 to 3,926.
Of the 25 deaths, four of the deaths were in Region 8 with two of the deaths in Baxter County and one death each in Mississippi and St. Francis counties.