Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 2,838 Friday, active cases set new all-time high

The Arkansas Department of Health announced that COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 2,838 on Friday, down slightly from the record 3,039 announced on Thursday this week.

The state announced 27 new deaths as a result of COVID-19, bringing the toll to 3,319 since the pandemic began.

Of the new cases added today, 237 are from Washington County and 230 come from Benton County.

Hospitalizations decreased by 11 on Friday, bringing the total number of Arkansans hospitalized with the virus to 1,073.

There are 181 Arkansans on ventilators, down 7 from Thursday.

There are currently a record 22,392 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 13,816 new PCR tests on Friday, along with 5,262 new antigen tests.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 197,421 since the pandemic began.

The top counties for new cases announced Friday were Pulaski (355), Washington (237), Benton (230), Craighead (118), and Pope (109).

Friday, Dec. 18

Thursday, Dec. 17