COVID-19 cases increasing in Arkansas

Mike Stucka
USA TODAY NETWORK

New coronavirus cases increased 6.5% in Arkansas in the week ending Sunday as the state added 1,355 cases. The previous week had 1,272 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Arkansas ranked 34th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 23.9% from the week before, with 176,891 cases reported. With 0.91% of the country's population, Arkansas had 0.77% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, eight states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Within Arkansas, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Searcy, Randolph and Grant counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Pulaski County, with 224 cases; Benton County, with 162 cases; and Garland County, with 90. Weekly case counts rose in 38 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Garland, White and Grant counties.

Logan County reported 10 cases and two deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported two cases and two deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 2,247 cases and 24 deaths.

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Arkansas ranked 44th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 38.6% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 49.2%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.

In the week ending Sunday, Arkansas reported administering another 58,432 vaccine doses, including 31,604 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 66,841 vaccine doses, including 27,025 first doses. In all, Arkansas reported it has administered 2,025,275 total doses.

Across Arkansas, cases fell in 30 counties, with the best declines in Washington, Pope and Faulkner counties.

In Arkansas, 23 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 33 people were reported dead.

A total of 340,137 people in Arkansas have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 5,817 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 33,117,737 people have tested positive and 589,893 people have died.

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The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at mstucka@gannett.com.

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