Case update: Arkansas confirmed coronavirus cases increase by 1,107 and probable cases up by 78

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 1,107 Friday, bringing the total number to 67,911.

The new cases mark the largest single-day increase since the pandemic began.

In addition to the new cases confirmed by PCR testing, state officials announced another 78 probable positive cases identified by antigen testing across the state.

There were 13 additional deaths, bringing the toll to 953.

Hospitalizations remained the same at 392, and the number of Arkansans on ventilators decreased by three to 76.

There are currently 5,713 cases of COVID-19 considered active in the state. There are 61,245 individuals who are considered to have recovered from the virus.

Officials announced 7,801 new PCR tests on Thursday, along with 459 antigen tests.

The top counties for new cases on Friday were Pulaski (105), Washington (91), Craighead (61), Benton (52) and Sebastian (51).

The University of Arkansas on Friday announced 128 new cases, according to the COVID-19 dashboard on the school’s website. The UA is reporting 722 active cases, with 712 students, two graduate assistants, two faculty, and six staff members currently considered active. There are 611 UA students considered to have recovered from the virus. The UA is currently using 43% of its available quarantine and isolation space, according to the dashboard.