LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Active cases of COVID-19 fell again to below 6,000 on Friday, while hospitalizations rose.
On Friday, 5,877 active cases of the virus were reported. This is a drop of 296 from the previous day.
The Arkansas Department of Health released data showing there were an additional 303 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 526,706.
No new deaths were recorded on Friday. The last day with no deaths in the state was November 21. The number remains at 8,652.
Currently, 334 patients have been hospitalized because of the virus, 22 more than Thursday.
66 people on a ventilator from Friday, two more than the day before.
In the past 24 hours, 1,206 new vaccine doses of COVID-19 have been given to Arkansans.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said vaccine doses were expected to be lower because of the holidays and advised anyone shopping to continue to protect themselves from the virus.
“Vaccine doses administered yesterday are lower than last week,” Governor Asa Hutchinson said in a tweet. “This was to be expected due to the Thanksgiving holiday. If you’re shopping today, make sure you do what you need to to protect yourself, as COVID is still present across the state.”
Currently, 1,437,796 Arkansans are fully vaccinated. In addition, 324,015 have been partially vaccinated.