Arkansas reaches nearly 4,000 deaths by COVID-19, 3,705 new cases

There have been nearly 4,000 deaths by COVID-19 since the pandemic entered the state.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark — On the first day of 2021, the state reported a record of 4,304 new cases in a single day.

“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. 

The state also continues to see record-high hospitalizations as the surge continues.

Key facts to know:

  • 198,254 confirmed cases
  • 44,339 probable cases
  • 16,954 active confirmed cases
  • 8,138 active probable cases
  • 3,252 confirmed deaths
  • 649 probable deaths
  • 1,321 hospitalizations 
  • 217 on ventilators
  • 178,025 confirmed recoveries 
  • 35,549 probable recoveries

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Wednesday, January 6

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 3,705 new COVID-19 cases and 65 more deaths.

Of the new cases, 2,324 are confirmed and 1,381 are probable. Of the deaths, 47 are confirmed and 18 are probable.

There were 8,741 PCR tests and 4,477 antigen tests administered within the past 24 hours.

There are currently 1,321 hospitalizations and 217 on ventilators.

Tuesday, January 5

Gov. Hutchinson said the goal to finish Phase 1-A of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution is the end of January. Phase 1-B is expected to begin in February, while Phase 1-C is targeted for April. 

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The Arkansas Department of Health reported 4,107 new cases, 1,323 current hospitalizations, which is up 27 from Monday and 27 more deaths, for a total of 3,836.

Monday, January 4

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 1,306 new cases, 1,296 current hospitalizations, which is up 62 from Sunday and 51 more deaths, for a total of 3,800.

A total of 4,473 PCR tests and 439 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

Since December 1, 1,288 people have died due to the virus. A total of 3,800 people so far have died in Arkansas.

“Today’s increase in hospitalizations and the 51 new deaths from COVID-19 are vivid reminders of how many families are hurting because of this pandemic,” Gov. Hutchinson said. “Our health care system is stretched and the numbers are likely to increase more. Thanks to all who are doing everything they can to be safe.”

We will update this article with more information as it becomes available.