Case update: Arkansas confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases increase by 1,096 Thursday

The number of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 1,096 on Thursday.

Of those, 1,030 are considered confirmed cases from PCR testing, and 56 are considered probable after detection by antigen tests.

There were 17 additional deaths, bringing the toll to 1,097.

Hospitalizations were down 11 to 457, and the number of Arkansans on ventilators increased by seven to 97.

There are currently 7,061 total cases of COVID-19 considered active in the state, which includes those that have tested positive by both PCR and antigen testing methods. There are 68,902 inactive cases.

Officials announced 8,405 new PCR tests on Thursday, along with 1,148 antigen tests.

The top counties for new cases on Thursday were Pulaski (91), Jefferson (69), Washington (63), Benton (58), and Sebastian (41).

“Today’s report of 1,030 new PCR positive COVID-19 cases serves as a caution to everyone out & about engaging in work, school & recreation,” said governor Asa Hutchinson in a Tweet about todays results. “We need to take responsibility & we need to support the need for isolation/quarantine when required.”