Arkansas reports decrease in hospitalizations, over 400 new COVID-19 cases

After the decline in virus testing following severe winter weather in Arkansas, COVID-19 numbers have begun to rise again.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Last week, Gov. Hutchinson extended the public health emergency until March 31. This included important executive orders: Telehealth, business protection, remote learning, etc.

Based upon the progress and stats, the mask mandate will continue but end on March 31 if certain progress is maintained.

Key facts to know:

  • 254,637 confirmed cases
  • 68,716 probable cases
  • 2,862 active confirmed cases
  • 1,416 active probable cases
  • 4,272 confirmed deaths
  • 989 probable deaths
  • 397 hospitalizations 
  • 91 on ventilators
  • 247,492 confirmed recoveries 
  • 66,307 probable recoveries
  • 668,779 vaccine doses given

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March 3, 2021

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 404 new COVID-19 cases in the state along with seven more deaths.

The amount of people hospitalized due to the virus has decreased to 397.

“Today’s report shows fewer new cases, active cases, and hospitalizations than this time last week and an increase in the number of vaccine doses administered of over 115,000. It’s critical that we work together to ensure we continue our progress,” Gov. Hutchinson said on Wednesday.

There have been 5,251 PCR tests and 1,197 antigen tests given within the past 24 hours.

In Arkansas, 668,770 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given.

March 2, 2021

Arkansas has received 975,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and distributed 62 percent of them. 

Gov. Hutchinson said the state remains in Phase 1-B of distribution with 520,000 people in that group still waiting to be vaccinated, with a possibility of finishing 1-B by the end of March.

The governor expanded Phase 1B to include food manufacturing workers. This list includes an estimated 49,000 people.  

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The Arkansas Department of Health reported 440 new COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths in the last day. The state is also at the lowest point for COVID-19 hospitalizations since August.

Gov. Hutchinson also announced that the UK COVID-19 variant is confirmed in Arkansas. The governor and Dr. Romero both say, “this isn’t a surprise.”

March 1, 2021

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 94 new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths in the last day.

It the lowest amount new cases reported in the state since May 2020.

“There are fewer cases with higher testing today compared to last week. We’re continuing to vaccinate Arkansans, and we will be able to increase our doses administered once we receive our first shipment of the Johnson and Johnson single-dose vaccine, which is expected later this week,” Gov. Hutchinson said.

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