The number of new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 1,584 on Thursday, marking the largest single-day increase in new cases since the pandemic began.
Of those, 1,155 were confirmed from PCR testing, and 393 cases are considered probable after detection by antigen testing.
Even before today’s record increase, Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson expressed concern over the number of hospitalizations in the state.
“If we continue on this trend, our hospitals will be challenged,” Hutchinson posted on Twitter Wednesday. “We must all do our part to help overcome this virus.”
Hospitalizations in the state increased yesterday by 25 on Thursday, bringing the total number of Arkansans currently hospitalized to 667.
There were 11 additional deaths, bringing the toll to 2,037.
There are currently 10,493 cases of COVID-19 considered active in the state, which includes those that have tested positive by both PCR and antigen testing methods. This is also a record high.
The state reported 10,450 new PCR tests on Thursday, along with 1,728 new antigen tests.
The state has reached 117,360 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
The top counties for new cases announced Monday were Pulaski (139), Benton (133), Washington (92), Sebastian (79), and Craighead (67).
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