Arkansas reports record of nearly 60 COVID-19 deaths in a single day

Arkansas continues to see an increase in COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations and cases as the vaccine is starting to be rolled out nationwide.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On Monday, Dec. 14, as the first round of vaccines are delivered to the state and across the country, Arkansas reports 45 deaths and 1,355 new positive cases.

“Brighter days are ahead, but we must continue to follow public health guidelines. This virus continues to rapidly spread, and it’s up to each of us to do our part to slow the spread,” Gov. Hutchinson said Monday.

Hutchinson announced Arkansas will be following the CDC guidelines of a shorter quarantine time. A COVID-19 patient can quarantine for 14 days, but they can be released after 10 days if they are asymptomatic. If you have tested negative, you may be released after seven days.

Key facts to know:

  • 163,230 confirmed cases
  • 28,274 probable cases
  • 15,862 active confirmed cases
  • 4,912 active probable cases
  • 2,725 confirmed deaths
  • 349 probable deaths
  • 1,079 hospitalizations 
  • 184 on ventilators
  • 144,621 confirmed recoveries 
  • 23,010 probable recoveries 

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Wednesday, Dec. 16

The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting a new daily record of 58 deaths due to COVID-19 along with 2,306 new cases and an increase of hospitalizations to 1,079.

A total of 8,885 PCR tests and 4,696 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

“Yesterday was a new record in antigen testing in Arkansas, and new cases are running flat week over week. Regretfully, we also saw another record in new deaths, with 58 deaths reported yesterday,” Gov. Hutchinson said. “We are distributing the vaccine across the state for our health care workers, and we continue to see high levels of community spread.”

Tuesday, Dec. 15

In addition to the Pfizer vaccine, the Moderna vaccine is coming, according to Dr. Romero. 

“The FDA will review the safety of the Moderna vaccine this week, hopefully there will be an EUA approved ,” Dr. Romero said. “Pfizer is approved for 16 years and up, and Moderna is 18 and up. 

He also said will likely have two vaccines next week, and reminded everyone that the these vaccines are very safe.

Gov. Hutchinson said he expects to receive notice about the next shipment of the Pfizer vaccine on Friday, Dec. 18. This will be a reoccurring process.

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 2,141 new coronavirus cases in the state over the last 24 hours.

There have been 26 more deaths from the virus in Arkansas. Hospitalizations also increased by 20 and brought the total to 1,070. 

The amount of COVID-19 patients ventilators increased by 10, putting the total at 190. 

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Monday, Dec. 14:

The Arkansas Department of Health has reported a total of 1,355 positive COVID-19 cases in the state since yesterday.

The Health Department reported that the top counties for new cases are Pulaski, 194; Washington, 102; Benton, 95; Faulkner, 66; and Saline, 58.

Governor Hutchinson released the following statement on today’s COVID-19 numbers:

“Today is a hopeful day. After months of work, a COVID-19 vaccine is in Arkansas, and the first vaccine was given to Sherian Kwanisai today. The FDA should approve additional vaccines soon, and we will be set to cover our long-term care facilities,” the governor said with the updated numbers.

Watch Gov. Hutchinson’s statewide address on COVID-19 last Thursday: