Case update: New coronavirus cases in Arkansas increase by 612 Monday, hospitalizations reach new high

The number of new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 612 on Monday.

Of those, 530 were confirmed from PCR testing, and 82 cases are considered probable after detection by antigen testing.

Monday’s numbers were down from the record high case number released on Friday, but Gov. Asa Hutchinson said there is still some cause for concern with the recent trends across the state.

“These numbers should put everyone in Arkansas on alert,” Hutchinson posted to his Twitter account Monday. “We are not having a steep escalation of cases but we do see new cases steadily increasing in the last few weeks. United, we will have success but it takes everyone to fight hard in the coming weeks.”

Hospitalizations in the state increased yesterday by 16, bringing the total number of Arkansans currently hospitalized to 649, a new all-time high.

There were 21 additional deaths, bringing the toll to 1,833.

There are currently 9,571 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 95,314 inactive cases.

The state reported 6,965 new PCR tests on Monday, along with 641 new antigen tests.

The state has reached 106,727 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

The top counties for new cases announced Friday were Pulaski (53), Washington (45), Craighead (42), Benton (69), Sebastian (37) and Benton (30).

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