Hospitalizations hit over 1,300 as Arkansas reports increases in COVID-19 cases

Hospitalizations hit over 1,300 as Arkansas reports increases in COVID-19 cases
Hospitalizations reached a record Friday as the state of Arkansas reported nearly 3,000 new COVID-19 cases. (Source: WIS)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Hospitalizations reached over 1,300 Friday as the state of Arkansas reported increases in new COVID-19 cases.

According to a tweet from Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas had 248,860 cases, up 2,944 from Thursday. As of Friday, 1,342 people in the state were hospitalized due to the virus, up 16 from Thursday.

Gov. Hutchinson said in the tweet that the numbers had 1,360 fewer cases than last week with higher testing, but that the loss of people was difficult.

“This good news is overshadowed by the loss of an additional 40 of our friends and neighbors. We have a responsibility to help slow the spread & I hope you’ll join me,” Gov. Hutchinson said.

The state also had 27,290 total active cases, up 1,306 from Thursday, while there were 40 additional deaths around the state.

Of the 40 deaths, 13 deaths were in Region 8. Three deaths were reported in Baxter and Craighead counties, two deaths were reported in Cleburne County and one death each was reported in Independence, Jackson, Lawrence, Sharp and White counties.

The death toll is now at 3,966, state health officials said.

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

However, Pulaski County was first in the state with 378 new cases. Benton County was second with 284, followed by Washington County with 266.

Sebastian County was fourth with 145 cases while Faulkner County was fifth with 139 cases.

As of Friday, state health officials said 65,991 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and 2,474 doses for long-term care by CVS/Walgreens have been given.

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

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