Arkansas reports big decrease in hospitalizations, 14 more deaths

After a week of record temps and snowfall, Arkansas continues to see a decrease in COVID-19 testing and new cases.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Last week, Arkansas saw COVID-19 cases and vaccine distributions trending downward due to the extreme winter weather, which impacted the entire state.

Since the pandemic began almost one year ago, Arkansas has reported over 5,300 COVID-19 deaths, over 315,000 cases and over 300,000 recoveries.

Key facts to know:

  • 250,266 confirmed cases
  • 66,327 probable cases
  • 3,174 active confirmed cases
  • 1,633 active probable cases
  • 4,321 confirmed deaths
  • 1,056 probable deaths
  • 545 hospitalizations 
  • 99 on ventilators
  • 242,748 confirmed recoveries 
  • 63,634 probable recoveries
  • 534,479 vaccine doses given

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Tuesday, February 23

Gov. Hutchinson announced Arkansas will be lowering the age group for Phase 1-B of the COVID-19 vaccinations distribution. The state is expanding vaccinations to ages 65+, adding 115,000 to those eligible.

The state of Arkansas has received more that 794,000 doses of the #COVID-19 vaccine and has distributed more than 500,000. Arkansas allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine will also be increased by 4,000 doses beginning next week.

The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 834 new COVID-19 cases, 14 more deaths and a decrease of hospitalizations. This is due to better therapeutics, but also a sign that vaccinations are working, the governor said.

Dr. Jose Romero said the number of deaths among those in long term care facilities is going down. The vaccine appears to be working among that population. 

“We are winning, but we need to continue wearing masks, washing our hands, and social distancing,” Dr. Romero said.

Monday, February 22

The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 245 new COVID-19 cases, six more deaths and 588 people currently hospitalized with the virus.

The state has seen a decrease in new cases and testing due to the record temps and snowfall. Governor Asa Hutchinson said in a statement that vaccines and testing numbers should “increase this week with clear roads across the state.”

“New and active cases continue to remain lower than we’ve seen in the past few weeks,” he said. “We’re distributing vaccine doses throughout the state and encourage those who are eligible to make sure they’re signed up.”

A total of 1,979 PCR tests and 482 antigen tests were completed over the last 24 hours.

So far, Arkansas has administered 519,240 total doses of the vaccine.

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