The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has passed 95,000 in Arkansas.
The Arkansas Department of Health reports there are 95,399 confirmed cases in the state, an increase of 981 cases from yesterday. Combined with the probable cases, Arkansas has 101,596 total cases, an increase of 1,155 from yesterday. Currently, there are 6,197 probable cases.
Confirmed active cases also increased from yesterday, rising by 113 to a total of 7,272. However, the number of probable active cases decreased by 15 to 1,248. In total, there are 8,520 active cases, confirmed and probable, in the state – an increase of 98.
Deaths increased by 23, bringing the death total to 1,751 throughout the state.
While the number of cases increased, the hospitalizations decreased slightly. There was one fewer hospitalization compared to yesterday. There were 636 individuals hospitalized due to COVID-19 on Wednesday with 99 individuals on ventilators, which decreased by two from Tuesday.
“We are testing at record levels and we continue to see a high number of new cases across Arkansas. Compared to last Wednesday, we are plus 76 cases. Today we have 14 counties with more than 20 cases, once again highlighting the fact that this virus is not contained to one part of the state. We must all remain focused in our fight against COVID-19. Let’s be careful of the social gatherings and remind each other that wearing a mask protects those around us. Today everyone understands the need for social distancing,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a statement.
When looking at the confirmed COVID-19 numbers, Arkansas has reported greater numbers of cases than 140 nations, including Japan (94,511), China (91,030), Ireland (53,422), Australia (27,444), and Norway (16,880). Factoring in probable cases, and Arkansas has cases than Guatemala, which has reported 102,219.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been 41,046,579 COVID-19 cases to date. The United States accounts for 8,308,971, or roughly 20.24 percent, of those cases. Worldwide, there have been 1,127,918 deaths attributed to COVID-19 with the United States having the largest reported portion at 221,628, or 19.65 percent.
Based on the confirmed deaths, Arkansas’s death toll accounts for 0.79 percent of the country’s total.