Arkansas Reports New High for COVID-19 Hospitalizations

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas on Monday reached a new high for COVID-19 hospitalizations as the state’s coronavirus cases grew by nearly 600.

The Department of Health reported the state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by 33 to 688. The state’s previous high for hospitalizations was 676.

The state’s probable and confirmed virus cases increased by 584 to 113,641. Its COVID-19 deaths increased by 27 to 1,985.

The actual number of cases in Arkansas is likely higher because many people have not been tested and people can carry the virus but not feel sick.

Arkansas ranks 19th in the country for new cases per capita, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Twenty-eight percent of the state’s 9,144 hospital beds and nearly 11% of its 1,082 intensive care unit beds are available, according to the Department of Health. There are 260 COVID-19 patients in ICUs around the state.

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