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Active covid cases rise for 6th day, hit 5-week high

by Ashton Eley | May 2, 2021 at 4:45 p.m.
Barbara McDonald, an advanced practice registered nurse for UAMS, screens patients Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 during a drive-thru covid-19 testing at the Lonoke Community Center. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Staci Vandagriff)

Arkansas saw 137 new cases of covid-19 Sunday, outpacing the number of Arkansans who have recovered from the coronavirus, according to the state Department of Health.

The number of active cases increased by 19 to 2,055. The Health Department has not reported that many active cases since March 26.

Active cases hit a 12-day low of 1,805 on April 26, and have risen each day since. The last time Arkansas reported six consecutive days of increasing active cases was Jan. 3, with 24,238 cases. The tally of active cases on Dec. 27 was 20,831.

Two more people have died, raising the virus' death toll in Arkansas since March 2020 to 5,743.

Coronavirus hospitalizations rose by three, to 171. Since the pandemic reached the state last year, 15,866 Arkansans have been hospitalized with the disease.

"The new cases remind us of the need for everyone to get vaccinated," Gov. Asa Hutchinson said via social media Sunday. "Our communities are working hard to make it easily available to all, so let’s make the effort to get it done."

Health workers administered another 5,638 doses of vaccine. The state also received 1,000 more doses Sunday, according to the Health Department.

Another 4,006 Arkansans are now considered fully immunized, for a total of 757,314.

More details in Monday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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