Arkansas reports over 2,500 new COVID-19 cases, 55 deaths

Arkansas began Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout. This group includes Arkansans who are aged 70 and older, along with education staff.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On Monday, Arkansas began Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout. This group includes Arkansans who are aged 70 and older, along with education, including higher education and child care. Later in Phase 1B, Gov. Hutchinson said the vaccine will be available to essential workers.

Last week, Arkansas reached nearly 4,300 deaths by COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Key facts to know:

  • 222,287 confirmed cases
  • 53,827 probable cases
  • 14,613 active confirmed cases
  • 5,778 active probable cases
  • 3,657 confirmed deaths
  • 784 probable deaths
  • 1,178 hospitalizations 
  • 212 on ventilators
  • 203,991 confirmed recoveries 
  • 47,261 probable recoveries

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Wednesday, January 20

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 2,250 new COVID-19 cases in Arkansas along with 55 more deaths since Tuesday.

Hospitalizations in the state from COVID-19 has seen a record low since Dec. 30 with a total of 1,179 Arkansans in the hospital with the virus.

“We again saw a decrease in active cases across the state today. This is the fourth consecutive day of a decline, and we have over 4,700 fewer active cases than this time last week. It’s up to each of us to ensure we stay on this trend and defeat this virus,” Gov. Hutchinson said on Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 19

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 1,331 new COVID-19 cases in Arkansas along with 43 deaths since Monday.

Dr Romero said they are actively looking to see if new COVID-19  variant is in Arkansas. He said they’ve sent eight specimens to the CDC and are waiting on results. He also said this variant is 50-70% more transmissible.

Education Secretary Johnny Key announced a Statewide Community Resource Portal to provide food security, clothing, and support to help students and families get the help they need. You can find that website here.

Gov. Hutchinson urged residents to “rethink” their Super Bowl party plans in light of the ongoing pandemic.

Reports confirmed Rep. Keith Slape informed the Speaker on Tuesday, Jan. 19 that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Monday, January 18

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 1,109 new COVID-19 cases in Arkansas along with 32 deaths since Sunday.

“Today is a critical step as we move into phase 1-B of vaccination. This will allow Arkansans aged 70 and older and education workers to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine,” Gov. Hutchinson said Monday.

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