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Arkansas reports 1,000 new covid cases, 7th pediatric death

by Andy Davis | June 16, 2022 at 7:15 p.m.
Nurse Takela Gardner looks over a charts before making 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 coronavirus cases rose Thursday by exactly 1,000 — the largest daily increase in almost three months. The state also reported that a child died of covid-19, the seventh pediatric covid death since the start of the pandemic.

State Epidemiologist Mike Cima said the child death happened late last year. He declined to provide further details, citing privacy concerns.

The number of covid-19 patients in Arkansas hospitals fell Thursday by three, to 196. It was previously at its highest level since March 17.

Including the child's death, the state's death toll from the virus, as tracked by the Arkansas Department of Health, rose by five, to 11,533. The daily changes in the death toll do not necessarily reflect deaths within the previous 24 hours.

The spike in covid-19 cases was the largest in a single day since March 19, a day when most of the increase was from a backlog of reports that had been faxed in by providers weeks earlier, during the state’s first wave of infections from the omicron variant.

Before Thursday, the largest one-day rise since March 19 had been the 954 cases that were added Wednesday.

The average daily increase in the state's case count over a rolling seven-day period rose Thursday to 679, its highest level since the week ending Feb. 26.

With new cases outpacing recoveries, the number of cases in the state that were considered active rose by 407, to 7,895, the largest total since Feb. 23.

The number of the state's virus patients who were on ventilators rose by one on Thursday to nine. It last rose Tuesday, when the count climbed from seven to eight.

The number of covid patients who were in intensive care didn't change, remaining at 26 after rising by six on Wednesday.

Since the pandemic reached Arkansas in March 2020, the state Health Department has reported 853,229 cases of covid-19. Of those, 833,571 are considered recovered.

More details in Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

CORRECTION: The number of covid-19 patients in Arkansas hospitals fell Thursday by three, to 196, and the number of patients on ventilators rose by one, to nine. An earlier version of this story used numbers from the state Health Department coronavirus dashboard that were later changed.

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