Arkansas reports record-high hospitalizations, over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases

There have been nearly 1,200 deaths in Arkansas due to COVID-19 since December 1, 2020.

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Although Arkansas saw a lower amount of new cases on Christmas weekend, the state is expected to see an increase in new cases and hospitalizations in the coming weeks after the holidays.

Since the beginning of December, the state has reported over 1,100 deaths due to the coronavirus.

On the first day of 2021, the state reported a record of 4,304 new cases in a single day. Over 3,700 people have died due to the virus in the state.

Key facts to know:

  • 192,809 confirmed cases
  • 40,666 probable cases
  • 17,302 active confirmed cases
  • 6,936 active probable cases
  • 3,137 confirmed deaths
  • 612 probable deaths
  • 1,234 hospitalizations 
  • 194 on ventilators
  • 172,347 confirmed recoveries 
  • 33,115 probable recoveries

Watch Gov. Hutchinson weekly update here:

Sunday, Jan 3.

The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 2,033 new COVID-19 cases in the state and 20 more deaths.

Saturday, Jan. 2

The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 2,000 new COVID-19 cases in the state and 18 more deaths.

Of the cases, 1,597 are confirmed and 403 are probable. Of the deaths, 15 are confirmed and three are probable.

There are 31 additional hospitalizations, bringing them to a record-high of 1,216. There are eight less people on ventilators since yesterday, bringing the total to 197.

A total of 9,778 PCR tests and 2,412 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

“The reduced number of new cases is partly because of lower testing yesterday. 40% of the new cases are coming from 5 counties, but the virus is active in every county. So, let’s all be careful and safe as we start the week,” said Gov. Hutchinson in a tweet.

Friday, Jan. 1

The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting a record amount of 4,304 new COVID-19 cases on the first day of 2021.

The state is also reporting 35 more deaths and 1,185 current hospitalizations. Since the beginning of December, a total of 1,199 people have died due to the virus.

A total of 11,380 PCR tests and 3,177 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

“We are certainly in the surge after Christmas travel and gatherings,” Gov. Hutchinson said. “As we enter this new year, our first resolution should be to follow guidelines. We all must do our part.”

Thursday, Dec. 31

On the final day of 2020, the Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 2,708 new COVID-19 cases, 39 more deaths and 1,195 current hospitalizations.

This is the second day in a row where the state has broken the record for current hospitalizations and ventilator use.

So far, 1,164 deaths due to the virus have been reported in December.

A total of 13,666 PCR tests and 3,163 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

Wednesday, Dec. 30

The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 3,184 new COVID-19 cases, 34 more deaths and 1,174 current hospitalizations.

This is the record amount of people currently hospitalized in Arkansas since the pandemic began.

So far, 1,125 deaths due to the virus has been reported in December.

A total of 8,843 PCR tests and 4,398 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

“We continue to see high numbers of new cases and capacity pressures on our hospitals,” Gov. Hutchinson said. “I urge everyone to be careful as we enter another holiday to reduce the virus spread, and we need to support each other as Arkansans while we work to distribute the vaccine.”

Tuesday, Dec. 29

The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 2,718 new COVID-19 cases, 66 more deaths and 1,161 current hospitalizations.

According to health officials, a total of 1,091 deaths due to the virus have been reported in December.

A total of 5,307 PCR tests and 6,457 antigen tests have been completed over the last 24 hours.

Monday, Dec. 28

The Arkansas Department of Health reported a steep rise in people hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state, with 62 more Arkansas in the hospital with the virus than there was yesterday.

The ADH also reported 55 more deaths from the virus and 1,651 total positive cases in 24 hours.

A total of 1,025 deaths due to the virus have been reported in just the month of December.