While Arkansas’ case count continues to climb, the state saw a sharp fall in its number of active cases on Monday.
The Arkansas Department of Health reported a 912-case decline in the number of active cases in the state. This number included 462 confirmed active cases and 457 probable active cases. Currently, there are 16,727 active cases – confirmed and probable – in Arkansas.
Confirmed and probable case counts rose on Monday by 1,017, to a total of 146,190. There were 912 new confirmed cases and 105 new probable cases, compared to Sunday’s count. However, the number of recovered also increased by 1,344 confirmed and 562 probable cases.
Despite the decline in active cases, hospitalizations are increasing. There were 12 new hospitalizations on Monday, bringing the state’s total to 974. Of this total, there are 164 individuals on ventilators – an increase of one from yesterday. There have been 8,523 individuals hospitalized and 945 on ventilators since the beginning of the pandemic.
“We saw a decrease in new cases from last Monday, and this is a hopeful sign; but our hospitalizations are still going up. How we handle Thanksgiving this year will determine our hospitalizations around Christmas. Thanks for being a part of turning this fight around,” Hutchinson said in a statement.
Deaths spiked substantially on Monday by 30. There have now been 2,387 deaths due to COVID-19 in Arkansas.