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Arkansas COVID numbers decline, continuing trend

By: - August 16, 2022 3:10 am

Active coronavirus cases continued to trend downward in Arkansas on Monday, according to the Arkansas Department of Health’s COVID-19 data portal.

The department considers “active” cases to be currently infectious. The 860 fewer active cases Monday were a sharp dive after Sunday’s decline of 116 active cases, according to ADH data.

 Active cases totaled 11,044 Monday, setting a new six-week low with 722 fewer than Thursday’s total.

Arkansas has seen 917,523 cases of the virus since the pandemic began in March 2020, recording 462 new cases Monday, 454 fewer than Sunday. The state has also seen 894,427 recoveries from the virus.

But the number of Arkansans hospitalized with COVID-19 saw a slight increase Monday with seven new patients admitted. Of the 346 patients, 57 were in intensive care, according to ADH data.

Seventeen patients were on ventilators Monday, two fewer than Sunday but still above the Aug. 3 total of 15, the lowest number so far this month.

The health department recorded no new deaths of COVID-19 Sunday or Monday — 11,822 Arkansans have died of the illness since March 2020.

The ADH data show 1,655,710 Arkansans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which comprises 58.2% of the state’s population 5 and older.

As of Monday, 814,535 booster shots have been administered, though this does not mean the same number of people are boosted because elderly and immunocompromised people have been eligible for a second booster shot for the past several months.

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Tess Vrbin
Tess Vrbin

Tess Vrbin came to the Advocate from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, where she reported on low-income housing and tenants' rights, and won awards for her coverage of 2021 flooding and tornado damage in rural Arkansas. She previously covered local government for The Commercial Dispatch in Mississippi and state government for the Columbia Daily Tribune in Missouri. A Midwesterner by birth, she graduated from the University of Missouri's journalism school in 2019.