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New Records Set Again In Arkansas For Daily COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations

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Michael Hibblen

A record number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations were reported Friday by the Arkansas Department of Health. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the rise in numbers is worrisome in terms of stress on the state’s hospitals.

There were 1,870 confirmed and probable known COVID cases in the ADH report, with the cumulative total reaching 119,320. Confirmed and probable death rose by 19 to 2,056.

Friday’s report also included a record number of hospitalizations at 706, up 39 from Thursday. Ventilator use rose by 4 to 107. Gov. Hutchinson’s statement again included a plea to Arkansans to be more careful.

“Today’s numbers show we are not in a good position as we head into the colder months. I ask all Arkansans to take this virus seriously and to take necessary precautions. Our number of new cases is growing at a rate that worries me in terms of our hospital capacity,” the governor noted in a statement.

New known COVID-19 cases, active cases, tests

  • 108,738 known cumulative PCR cases, with 1,303 new community cases and 143 cases in correctional facilities
  • 10,492 “probable” cases, up from 10,068 on Thursday
  • There are 8,850 active cases, up from 8,140 on Thursday
  • There were 12,366 test results provided in the previous 24 hours
  • There were 2,056 antigen tests in the previous 24 hours with 498 positives


  • 1,878, up 15
  • 178 “probable” COVID-related deaths, up 4

Hospitalizations706, up 39

107, up 4

Recovered cases

The top five counties with new known cases reported Friday were: Benton (140), Craighead (137), Washington (137), Pulaski (134), and Sebastian (91). The counties accounted for 49% of the 1,303 new community cases.

As of Friday at 2:30 p.m., there were 9,665,009 U.S. cases and 235,416 deaths. Globally, there were 49,114,225 cases and 1,239,757 deaths.

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