COVID-19 Hospitalizations In Arkansas Nears Recent Record High

Dec 28, 2020

The Arkansas Department of Health reported more than 900 new cases on Sunday.
Credit U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Coronavirus hospitalizations in Arkansas rose on Sunday to near their recent record high, as state health officials reported more than 900 new cases of COVID-19 and 41 more deaths linked to the disease.

The Arkansas Department of Health says there are 1,093 state residents hospitalized with COVID-19, 34 more than on Saturday. Those on a ventilator also increased by 13, for a total of 186.

Of the total 214,877 cases, with 908 of those cases announced Sunday, 21,454 are considered active, which is a decrease of 835 compared to Saturday’s numbers.

Pulaski County added the highest number of new cases Sunday, with 170. Craighead County added 82 new cases, while Washington County added 67.

In the past 24-hour period, the state logged 5,456 PCR tests and 2,362 antigen tests.

The state record for hospitalizations was set Wednesday, when there were 1,110 patients hospitalized with the disease. Health officials warned holiday gatherings and travel are likely to further spread the virus.