Arkansas sees 268 new COVID-19 cases as winter weather slows virus reporting

As more and more Arkansans get the COVID-19 vaccine, new daily cases continue to trend downward nearly a year into the pandemic.

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — While the state of Arkansas deals with winter weather, COVID-19 cases are trending downward as more and more people are getting vaccinated.

Since the pandemic began almost one year ago, Arkansas has reported over 5,300 COVID-19 deaths, over 314,000 cases and over 300,000 recoveries.

Key facts to know:

  • 249,176 confirmed cases
  • 65,537 probable cases
  • 4,518 active confirmed cases
  • 1,960 active probable cases
  • 4,287 confirmed deaths
  • 1,049 probable deaths
  • 630 hospitalizations 
  • 108 on ventilators
  • 240,348 confirmed recoveries 
  • 62,524 probable recoveries
  • 498,158 vaccine doses given

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Friday, February 19th

The Arkansas Department of Health reported a total of 268 new COVID-19 cases in the state and 13 more deaths as winter weather throughout the south slows COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution.

“Our vaccine distribution has slowed over the past week because of the extreme weather. Thank you to all who are distributing vaccines with extended hours during the Weekend Vaccination Catch-up. As soon as we get our 70-plus largely vaccinated, then we can move to other priorities,” Gov. Hutchinson said on Friday.

Thursday, February 18th

The Arkansas Department of Health reported a total of 253 new COVID-19 cases in the state and 10 more deaths as winter weather throughout the south slows COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution.

“Our vaccine numbers have slowed over the past few days, and we anticipate these numbers to increase once the roads clear up throughout the state. We hope that vaccine uptake will continue among those who are eligible. I ask that, once it’s your turn, you roll up your sleeve and help protect your community,” Gov. Hutchinson said.

Wednesday, February 17th

The Arkansas Department of Health reported a total of 667 new COVID-19 cases in the state and 26 more deaths.

“We once again saw a decrease in testing yesterday, which was impacted by the weather. We received an additional 18,525 vaccine doses yesterday, and we will continue to administer these doses as quickly as possible. Please continue to take necessary precautions against COVID-19 and limit road travel as much as possible,” Gov. Hutchinson said on Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 16th

The Arkansas Department of Health reported a total of 177 new COVID-19 cases in the state and 12 more deaths. 

According to Gov. Hutchinson, testing has decreased due to the severe winter weather.

Gov. Hutchinson gave a directive update for indoor and outdoor events: A plan approval is required for events with more than 100 attendees. It was previously 10 attendees. 

RELATED: Gov. Hutchinson eases COVID-19 restrictions on large events in Arkansas

The amount of active cases continues to drastically decrease along with a continue decrease in hospitalizations.

Monday, February 15th

The Arkansas Department of Health reported a total of 320 new COVID-19 cases in the state and 10 more deaths. According to Gov. Hutchinson, testing has decreased due to the severe winter weather.

“Please limit travel, keep yourself safe, and remember to take necessary precautions against COVID-19,” Hutchinson said.

A total of 3,896 PCR tests and 543 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

We will update this article daily with the latest COVID-19 numbers and vaccine data.