Hospitalizations, active COVID-19 cases drop throughout Arkansas

Hospitalizations, active COVID-19 cases drop throughout Arkansas
As a winter storm approaches Arkansas, officials said Sunday that they are working to deliver vaccinations to people in spite of the weather. (Source: WIS)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - As a winter storm approaches Arkansas, officials said Sunday that they are working to deliver vaccinations to people despite the weather.

According to a tweet from Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the state of Arkansas had 11,686 total active COVID-19 cases as of Sunday, down 536 from Saturday.

The number of people hospitalized due to the virus also fell Sunday to 669, down 21 from Saturday.

Gov. Hutchinson said on social media that the state had 466 new COVID-19 cases Sunday.

“With the cold weather and snow coming, our vaccinations will be down. The doses are still being delivered so if you can get out safely, go ahead and keep your appointment,” Gov. Hutchinson said. “Let’s not slow down.”

There were also 109 people in the state on ventilators Sunday, down four from Saturday, while the death toll increased by 13 to 5,265 since the pandemic began.

Of the 13 deaths, two were reported in Region 8 - one each in Jackson and Mississippi counties.

No Region 8 counties were in the Top 5 in new cases, officials said Sunday.

However, several area counties including Craighead, Greene and Mississippi counties saw their total number of active cases drop from Saturday. Craighead County fell 18 to 315, Greene County decreased by 9 to 147 and Mississippi County decreased by 3 to 163 Sunday.

As of Sunday, 474,603 vaccination doses have been given to people in the state with about 7,300 doses given Saturday.

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