Arkansas reports decrease in hospitalizations, nearly 600 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:

  • 255,365 confirmed cases
  • 68,961 probable cases
  • 3,013 active confirmed cases
  • 1,284 active probable cases
  • 4,291 confirmed deaths
  • 992 probable deaths
  • 359 hospitalizations 
  • 86 on ventilators
  • 248,050 confirmed recoveries 
  • 66,682 probable recoveries
  • 706,699 vaccine doses given

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March 5, 2021

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 570 new COVID-19 cases in the state along with 10 more deaths.

The amount of people hospitalized due to the virus has decreased to 359.

“It is noteworthy when the number of new COVID cases increases, but we have encouraging news as well. The number of hospitalizations continues to fall. Vaccinations are up by 16,955; 51% of Arkansans older than 70 have received the 1st shot, and 29% are fully vaccinated,” Gov. Hutchinson said on Friday.

There have been 6,421 PCR tests and 1,200 antigen tests given within the past 24 hours.

In Arkansas, 706,699 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given.

March 4, 2021

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 403 new COVID-19 cases in the state along with 12 more deaths.

The amount of people hospitalized due to the virus has decreased to 372.

“Most numbers continue to trend in the right direction: new cases and hospitalizations are down; vaccinations are up by 13,571. This trend reflects our drive to beat the coronavirus. Let’s keep doing everything that we’ve been doing so that we can rid Arkansas of COVID-19,” Gov. Hutchinson said on Thursday.

There have been 8,154 PCR tests and 1,331 antigen tests given within the past 24 hours.

In Arkansas, 687,197 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given.

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.