Arkansas reports over 3,000 new COVID cases, 35 more deaths

There have been over 4,200 deaths by COVID-19 since the pandemic began in Arkansas.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Last week, Arkansas reached a total of 250,000 positive cases since the first reported case of COVID-19 in March 2020.

The state also reached the 4,000 mark of deaths by COVID-19 since the pandemic entered the state.

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.

Key facts to know:

  • 216,339 confirmed cases
  • 51,296 probable cases
  • 17,933 active confirmed cases
  • 7,680 active probable cases
  • 3,525 confirmed deaths
  • 738 probable deaths
  • 1,314 hospitalizations 
  • 226 on ventilators
  • 194,855 confirmed recoveries 
  • 42,874 probable recoveries

Watch Gov. Hutchinson’s weekly COVID-19 update:

Friday, January 15

The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 3,124 new COVID-19 cases, 35 more deaths, and 1,314 people are currently hospitalized.

Since the pandemic began, 4,263 people have died due to the virus in Arkansas.

“While we see nearly 1,700 fewer active cases than this time last week & continue to distribute vaccine doses across the state, we cannot relax our carefulness in fighting the spread of COVID-19. As we move into the first stages of Phase 1-B on Monday, we continue our march toward a heathier, safer Arkansas,” Gov. Hutchinson said.

A total of 12,937 PCR tests and 3,757 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

Thursday, January 14

The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 2,491 new COVID-19 cases, 42 more deaths, and 1,295 people are currently hospitalized.

Since the pandemic began, 4,228 people have died due to the virus in Arkansas.

“Today’s report shows over 800 fewer cases with higher testing than this time last week,” Gov. Hutchinson said in a statement. “We also saw a decrease in hospitalizations and ventilator usage. This will relieve some of the strain on our health care system as we continue to distribute vaccine doses.”

A total of 12,294 PCR tests and 3,161 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

Wednesday, January 13

The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 2,467 new COVID-19 cases, 65 more deaths and 1,362 people are currently hospitalized.

Since the pandemic began, 4,186 people have died due to the virus in Arkansas.

“We continue to see the devastating results of COVID-19 across Arkansas. We lost an additional 65 Arkansans yesterday,” Gov. Hutchinson said. “Our efforts to wear a mask, keep our distance, and wash our hands frequently must remain steady as we continue to distribute vaccine doses across the state.”

A total of 8,581 PCR tests and 4,778 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

Tuesday, January 12

The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 3,209 new COVID-19 cases, 40 more deaths and 1,354 people are currently hospitalized with the virus.

Since the pandemic began, 4,121 Arkansans have died due to the virus.

Pulaski County reported the most new cases with 405 while Sebastian County reported 401 new cases.

A total of 6,358 PCR tests and 4,334 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

Monday, January 11

With 1,268 new positive COVID-19 cases in the state, Arkansans in the hospital and needing a ventilator due to the virus continues to surge. 

The ADH reported 38 more deaths since Sunday; 1,371 hospitalizations and 268 patients on ventilators.

“Today’s report of 31 additional hospitalizations will add to the load of our health care workers. The better news in the new cases are starting to slow somewhat. Let’s work toward a true downward trend,” Gov. Hutchinson said on Monday. 

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