While the vaccine rollout continues in Arkansas, the state is seeing increasing numbers of active cases. On Wednesday, Jan. 6, Arkansas crossed the 25,000 mark for total active cases.
In the latest Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) case report, Arkansas had a total of 25,092 confirmed and probable active cases throughout the state. This is a new record for the state and an increase of 684 cases from yesterday, when the ADH reported 24,408 active cases.
Of the total number of active cases, 16,954 were confirmed. There were 8,138 probable active cases on Wednesday.
Overall, the state of Arkansas reported 242,593 total COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, an increase of 3,705 from Tuesday. There have been 198,254 confirmed cases and 44,339 probable cases since the pandemic’s beginning.
“We continue to see high numbers of new cases across the state. Be mindful of being a safe distance and protecting each other. It has been a tough day with the loss of another 65 of our friends and neighbors to COVID-19. Vaccine doses continue to be distributed across the state to those in Category 1-A, and we are also receiving additional doses each week,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a statement.
Deaths also increased on Wednesday, rising to 3,901, an increase of 65.
Hospitalizations decreased by two to 1,321. Ventilator usage also dropped on Wednesday, declining by seven to 217.
As of Wednesday, the state has administered more than 50,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines during Phase 1-A . There have been a total of 50,679 doses given out to date, out of a total 152,075 doses received. This is a vaccination rate of 33.3 percent.
There have been 1,533 doses of vaccine administered through the Long Term Care Federal Program in Arkansas by CVS/Walgreens since Dec. 28, 2020, out of a total 24,700 doses allocated. There have been only 6.2 percent of the allocated doses given out.