Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 1,306 Monday, deaths increase by 51

The Arkansas Department of Health announced that COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 1,306 on Monday.

The state announced 51 new deaths as a result of COVID-19, bringing the toll in the state to 3,800 since the pandemic began.

Of the new cases added Monday, 151 are from Washington County and 117 come from Benton County.

Hospitalizations increased by 62 on Monday, bringing the total number of Arkansans hospitalized with the virus to a record high of 1,296. Of those, 128 patients are currently hospitalized in NWA COVID-19 units.

There are 212 Arkansans on ventilators, up 18 from Sunday.

There are currently 23,057 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 4,473 new PCR tests on Monday, along with 439 new antigen tests.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 234,781 since the pandemic began.

The ADH also debuted a new feature announced by the governor over the weekend tracking vaccinations in the state on Monday. According to the ADH website, the state gave 1,127 vaccinations since a day ago, bringing the total amount of vaccinations given to 34,962. With 124,325 doses of vaccine on hand, the state has now distributed around 28.1% of the doses it has been given by the federal government.

In addition, 307 doses were given to residents of Long Term Care facilities, as part of a federal program designated for that purpose. The additional vaccinations given as part of that program bring that total to 1,324 (see the graphic below for details).

The top counties for new cases announced Monday were Pulaski (206), Washington (151), Benton (117), Faulkner (96) and Sebastian (61).

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Vaccinations – As of Jan. 4