Case update: COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arkansas reach new record high as state approaches 100,000-case milestone

The number of new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 531 on Monday.

Of those, 434 were confirmed from PCR testing, and 97 cases are considered probable after detection by antigen testing.

Hospitalizations in the state increased by 41 yesterday, bringing the total number of Arkansans currently hospitalized to 613, a new record high.

There were 10 additional deaths, bringing the toll to 1,714.

There are currently 8,659 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 89,217 inactive cases.

The state reported 8,918 new PCR tests on Monday, along with 803 new antigen tests.

The state has reached 99,957 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and will likely top the 100,000 case milestone by tomorrow if the current trends continue.

The top counties for new cases announced Monday were Pulaski (53), Craighead (45), Washington (25), Sebastian (24), and Benton (23).

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