More than fifty deaths due to COVID-19 were reported by the Arkansas Department of Health on Monday, Dec. 7.
The department announced that there have been 2,713 deaths attributed to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The department added 53 more deaths on Monday, with 48 being confirmed COVID deaths while five were probable deaths.
In total, the department has confirmed 2,485 deaths and has ruled 228 as probable deaths due to COVID-19.
“Yesterday recorded our highest total number of deaths since the COVID-19 pandemic began. This high number of our friends and neighbors losing their lives is a tough reminder of our responsibility to follow the public health guidelines each day. Tomorrow, I will be in Saline County meeting with community leaders on local strategies,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a statement.
Arkansas’ case count also increased significantly on Monday, rising by 1,118, bringing the state’s total to 172,042. Of the new cases, 1,004 were confirmed cases and 114 were probable.
Despite the increase in cases, the number of active cases dropped. There are currently 18,057, which was a decrease of 693 from yesterday. The recovered numbers for Monday are 1,244 confirmed and 514 probable.
There were 1,053 hospitalizations on Monday, a decrease of 23. However, the number of individuals on ventilators increased by three to 182.