Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise, cases increase by 2,212 Wednesday

The number of Arkansans hospitalized as a result of COVID-19 continues to rise, hitting another record Wednesday.

Hospitalizations increased by 14 over Tuesday, bringing the total number of Arkansans hospitalized by the virus to 1,088. Of those, 106 patients are located in COVID-19 units in Northwest Arkansas hospitals.

The number of new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 2,212 on Wednesday, according to the Arkansas Department of Health’s daily update.

Of the new cases added today, 158 are from Washington County and 166 come from Benton County.

There are 186 Arkansans on ventilators, down nine from Tuesday. There are currently 35 NWA patients on ventilators.

Deaths on Wednesday increased by 10, bringing the toll in Arkansas to 2,522.

There are currently 16,378 cases of COVID-19 considered active in the state, which includes those that have tested positive by both PCR and antigen testing methods.

The state reported 10,095 new PCR tests on Wednesday, along with 2,764 new antigen tests.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 161,521 since the pandemic began.

The top counties for new cases announced Monday were Pulaski (258), Benton (166), Washington (158), Craighead (119), and Faulkner (84).

Wednesday, Dec. 2

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