Case update: Arkansas confirmed coronavirus cases increase by 398, probable cases increase by 70

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 398 Thursday, bringing the total number to 66,804 since the pandemic began.

In addition to the 398 cases confirmed by PCR testing, state officials announced another 70 probable positive cases identified by antigen testing across the state.

There were 12 additional deaths, bringing the toll to 940.

Hospitalizations were down 19 to 392, and the number of Arkansans on ventilators decreased by three to 79.

There are currently 5,496 cases of COVID-19 considered active in the state. There are 60,668 individuals who are considered to have recovered from the virus.

Officials announced 4,900 new PCR tests on Thursday, along with 430 antigen tests.

The top counties for new cases on Thursday were Pulaski (72), Washington (37), Jefferson (33), Craighead (30), and Saline (18).

Governor Asa Hutchinson announced on Thursday that he will no longer continue to host a daily press briefing on new COVID-19 cases. The governor said the updates will be provided either weekly or ‘as needed’ going forward.