Arkansas reports nearly 2,500 COVID-19 cases, 40 deaths in 24 hours

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, there was an increase of 2,485 new COVID-19 cases throughout the state and 40 new deaths from the virus.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark — Arkansas has reported over 4,600 deaths from the coronavirus since the first case was reported in March of 2020.

Last week, 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.

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.

Key facts to know:

  • 229,727 confirmed cases
  • 57,460 probable cases
  • 12,755 active confirmed cases
  • 5,403 active probable cases
  • 3,810 confirmed deaths
  • 880 probable deaths
  • 1,095 hospitalizations 
  • 176 on ventilators
  • 213,135 confirmed recoveries 
  • 51,173 probable recoveries

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Tuesday, January 26

Gov. Hutchinson said Arkansas is making progress with vaccine distribution every day. According to the NYT, Arkansas is ranked #10 in percent of the population vaccinated.

The “best news” Gov. Hutchinson said is the 7-day rolling average. “We’re making progress, and that’s the key thing.”

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, there was an increase of 2,485 new COVID-19 cases throughout the state and 40 new deaths from the virus.

Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, state epidemiologist says Arkansas has Pfizer & Moderna vaccines. “We want to emphasize they are safe, and they work,” she said.

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Monday, January 25

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, there was an increase of 636 new COVID-19 cases throughout the state and 44 new deaths from the virus.

“While we saw a significant decline in new cases, our testing was also lower. An additional 44 deaths and a slight increase in hospitalizations remind us of the challenge we continue to face with this pandemic and what happens if we don’t follow health department guidelines,” Gov. Hutchinson said Monday.

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