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Arkansas reports over 1,100 new COVID cases, hospitalizations up 33

Times Record Staff
Gov. Asa Hutchinson reported increased COVID-19 hospitalizations on Monday.

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 1,112 new cases across the state on Monday, bringing the total up to 16,140 active cases with 1,063 hospitalized.

The number of patients hospitalized is up by 33 from Sunday. There are 201 COVID patients on ventilators, which is up 16 from Sunday. The number of deaths from COVID-19 across Arkansas were up 32 on Monday for a total of 2,502.

There has been a total of 157,359 cases, with 122,926 recoveries in Arkansas since the pandemic began.

The Health Department reported that the top counties for new cases are Pulaski, 153; Craighead, 86; Washington, 64; Garland, 58; and Benton, 56.

“Today's increase in hospitalizations will continue to strain our health care system,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday. “Our frontline workers need our help as we head into the winter months of this pandemic.”

He went on to say that on Monday he received briefings from White House Task Force members on the vaccine distribution plans, as well as what is needed to meet the pressure on the health care system.

“Based upon national trends and expert concerns on the holiday season, it does seem that we are in the lull before the storm,” Hutchinson said. “I expect the antigen testing to pick up again later in the week and that is where many of the positive cases are identified. I applaud our health department team and all the health care workers who have been so diligent during this entire pandemic.”