LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – New data released Friday showed active cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas have passed 7,000 for the first time since early October, while hospital admissions also rose slightly.
The Arkansas Department of Health reported that there were 7,141 active cases of the virus, 556 more than the day before. The last time Arkansas recorded more than 7,000 active cases was on Oct. 9, when there were 7,596 cases.
The RDA data also showed that the number of new cases has increased by 1,174, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases in Arkansas during the pandemic to 532,168.
Currently, 433 patients have been hospitalized because of the virus, one more since Thursday. There were 171 Arkansans in the state’s intensive care units, down five from the previous count, and 80 people on ventilators, two more than the previous day.
Friday’s data also showed that the death toll has risen by six to 8,699 since the start of the pandemic.
In the past 24 hours, 13,948 new vaccine doses of COVID-19 have been given to Arkansans.
“We gave nearly 14,000 doses of vaccine yesterday,” Governor Asa Hutchinson said in a tweet. “Of these, 30% (over 4,000) are first doses and 50% are booster doses. Thanks to everyone who acts in this need, because it helps us all.”
The number of fully immunized Arkansans rose to 1,451,577, while the state’s number of partially vaccinated residents is now 329,946.