Arkansas reports over 1,700 COVID-19 cases, 52 deaths in the last day

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, there was an increase of 1,777 new COVID-19 cases throughout the state and 52 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:

  • 230,867 confirmed cases
  • 58,097 probable cases
  • 12,292 active confirmed cases
  • 5,394 active probable cases
  • 3,839 confirmed deaths
  • 903 probable deaths
  • 1,029 hospitalizations 
  • 157 on ventilators
  • 214,710 confirmed recoveries 
  • 51,796 probable recoveries

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Wednesday, January 27

Arkansas has reported a total of 1,777 new COVID-19 cases in the last day and 52 more deaths from the virus.

“There are over 700 fewer new cases and over 2,700 fewer active cases than this time last week. Our vaccine distribution efforts remain a top priority while we gradually receive additional doses. The steps we are taking to slow this virus appear to be having an effect. We cannot relax from following health department guidance,” Gov. Hutchinson said on Wedesday.

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.