Arkansas reports 59 new covid cases on Sunday; the total number of active cases only increases by 10

Breaking a recent trend, Arkansas officials on Sunday reported less than half the number of new cases recorded daily over the past five days.

Arkansas has recorded 59 new cases, down from a recent daily high of 212 reported on April 26, according to data from the state Department of Health.

Active cases continued to climb, reaching 1,567 cases, the highest level since mid-March. But the daily increase in the total number of active cases has slowed in recent days. The department reported an increase of just 10 active cases on Sunday from 59 the day before.

The number of patients hospitalized with covid-19 fell by four to 49 on Sunday.

Other key hospitalization metrics, including the number of covid-19 patients in intensive care units and on ventilators, remained constant. State officials again reported 15 patients infected with the virus in intensive care units. Public hospitals saw 13 covid-19 patients on ventilators on Sunday.

The department recorded three more deaths from covid-19 on Sunday. The additional deaths bring the pandemic death toll in Arkansas to 11,392.

Since the start of the pandemic, state officials have recorded 835,916 cases of the virus. At least 822,721 people have contracted covid-19 and recovered, according to state data.

State officials said they administered 453 new doses of the vaccine. Nearly 56% of the state’s eligible population, or 1,588,607 Arkansans ages 5 and older, have been fully vaccinated against the virus. According to Sunday’s report, about 13% of the state’s eligible population have been partially immunized.

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