New COVID-19 cases in Arkansas slow after two busy days

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A slight cooling, as Arkansas COVID-19 numbers show Thursday 663 new cases for the day, compared to two 800-plus new case days Tuesday and Wednesday.

The state currently has 5,883 active cases according to Arkansas Department of Health reports, up 322 from the previous day. All of that is well below the statewide Jan. 21 peak of 100,797 cases.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state has had a total of 848,474 cases, with 830,849 recoveries, compared to 830,509 recoveries on Wednesday.

Health officials reported just one additional COVID-related death on Thursday, bringing the pandemic total for the state to 11,512.

The number of patients hospitalized with the virus in Arkansas fell by one to 145 after four days of increases. Currently, 17 people with COVID-19 are in intensive care units, down two from Wednesday, and four are on ventilators, down one from Wednesday.

(source: Arkansas Department of Health)

There has been little change in the county’s infection rates since Wednesday, with the exception of Sebastian County, which now has 150 cases, moving it to a higher density category.

The number of vaccines is also increasing. On June 9, 1,717 new doses of vaccine were administered, bringing the total number of doses in the state to 4,084,661. That’s 342 new fully vaccinated for the day, with 1,617,372 fully vaccinated Arkansans.

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