Active COVID-19 cases fall by nearly 500, hospitalizations increase

Active COVID-19 cases fall by nearly 500, hospitalizations increase
The number of active COVID-19 cases fell by nearly 500 Sunday as officials said the number of total cases and hospitalizations increased. (Source: WIS)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - The number of active COVID-19 cases fell by nearly 500 Sunday as officials said the number of total cases and hospitalizations increased.

According to a tweet from Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the state reported 306,736 total COVID-19 cases as of Sunday, up 672 from Saturday. The number of total active cases fell by 487 to 16,324, while hospitalizations increased 31 to 781.

Gov. Hutchinson said the work has continued getting the numbers to decrease.

“There are 672 new COVID-19 cases in Arkansas. Our testing is down a little, but we remain below our active case number from last week,” Gov. Hutchinson said. “Make sure to stay safe tonight while enjoying the Super Bowl.”

State health officials reported 15 additional deaths, raising the death toll to 5,076, while the number of people on ventilators increased by two to 126.

Of the 15 deaths reported statewide, two deaths were in Region 8 - one each in Cross and White counties.

No Region 8 counties were in the Top 5 in new cases Sunday, with Pulaski County again leading the state with 140 cases.

Through the first week in February, Arkansas has reported 84,787 PCR and antigen tests have been done. Also, 397,119 vaccine doses have been given since the program began in December.

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