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COVID cases continue dropping in Arkansas, 12 additional deaths

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, seen here last October.
Michael Hibblen

Arkansas continues seeing a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases. On Monday, the Department of Health said the number of active cases fell by 707 people since Sunday to 6,889, the lowest level since July 10.

Twelve deaths were reported, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 8,132. There were 217 new cases of people testing positive for the virus. On Twitter, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the number of new cases was at its lowest level since June.

Hospitalizations dropped slightly to 545, with three fewer people needing treatment. The number of patients on ventilators was up by three to 164.

“The recent reports are encouraging, but we can’t stop our progress,” Hutchinson said, while encouraging people to continue getting vaccinated. “Find a vaccine location near you this week.”

1,195 additional vaccine doses were administered in the previous 24 hours, according to Monday’s report.

Michael Hibblen was a journalist for KUAR News from May 2009 — December 2022. During his final 10 years with the station, he served as News Director. In January 2023, he was hired by Arkansas PBS to become its Senior Producer/ Director of Public Affairs.
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