Case update: State announces record 1,265 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, hospitalizations reach new high

The number of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 1,265 on Monday, the highest single day increase since the pandemic began.

Of those, 1,066 are considered confirmed cases from PCR testing, and 199 are considered probable after detection by antigen tests.

Hospitalizations also reached a new high on Thursday, up 9 to 547.

There were 22 additional deaths, bringing the toll to 1,503.

There are currently 7,070 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 81,563 inactive cases.

The state reported 10,749 new PCR tests, with 1,444 new antigen tests on Monday.

The top counties for new cases announced Monday were Pulask (84), Washington, (61), Sebastian (60), Craighead (51), and Benton (48).

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