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Arkansas' active covid case numbers return to March levels

by Will Langhorne | April 21, 2022 at 4:21 p.m.
Nurse Takela Gardner (right) talks on the phone before making her rounds in one of the Covid wards at University of Arkansas for Medical Science on Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Little Rock. .(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Thomas Metthe)

Arkansas’ count of active coronavirus cases, or cases that are still considered infectious, rose for the second consecutive day on Thursday, reaching its highest level this month.

The number of new covid-19 cases rose by 146, according to data from the Arkansas Department of Health. It was the month's second-largest one-day increase, behind Wednesday's 192 new cases.

Arkansas also added six more coronavirus deaths to the official total on Thursday, raising the state's death toll from the disease to 11,366.

With new covid-19 cases outpacing recoveries and deaths, the number of cases state officials consider active increased by 51 to 1,147, according to data from the state Health Department. It was the largest total since March 30.

Since the pandemic began, Arkansas has recorded 834,699 covid cases. Of those, 821,950 are considered recovered.

Arkansas' covid hospitalizations held steady at 51, but the numbers of those patients on ventilators or in intensive care both rose to one-week highs. The Health Department reported 26 covid patients in intensive care, up from 25 on Wednesday, as well as 16 ventilators in use, up from 15 on Wednesday.

State officials have recorded a total of 5,119,250 vaccine doses administered in the state. About 55.7% of the eligible population is now considered fully immunized.

More details in Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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