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On-campus COVID-19 infections at the UofA increased by 439 over the weekend, as Arkansas broke its records for most new cases and most tests in a 24-hour period.

By Monday there were 923 active cases reported on campus, according to the UofA. Of those, 912 were students, two were graduate assistants, three were faculty, and six were staff.

Total on-campus cases increased by 439 between Friday and Sunday. Of those cases, 282 were identified through on-campus testing, and 157 were self-reported. There were also 48 new tests performed on campus in that period.

Of the 3,734 tests performed on campus, 472 have been positive, for a positivity rate of 12.6% The World Health Organization recommends that localities see a positive rate of 5% or less for at least 14 days before reopening, according to the WHO. Arkansas is currently in the second of three phases of economic reopening.

The UofA has broken its record for new cases with each update to the university’s COVID-19 dashboard, and last week was also a record-breaking one statewide.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced 1,094 new cases, the state’s highest-ever single-day increase, at a press conference held at Unity Health White County Regional Medical Center in Searcy, Arkansas, on Friday. Arkansas also broke the single-day record for new tests, with 11,254. Two days prior, Arkansas saw its highest single-day increase in reported deaths, with 27.

Due in part due to the rising UA cases, Northwest Arkansas is facing an especially rapid surge of active infections, following a consistent downward trend throughout most of August.

Washington County reported 775 total active cases and 7,666 cumulative cases Monday, and Benton County reported 328 active cases and 5,645 cumulative cases. Active cases increased by 544 in Washington County and 78 in Benton County in a week. Cumulative cases increased by 766 and 281, respectively.

The Arkansas Department of health announced 65,727 cumulative COVID-19 cases in Arkansas on Monday, an increase of 350 in a day and 4,503 in a week. Active cases fell to 6,062 from 6,188 on Sunday. However, over the course of a week, active cases rose by 596.

As of Wednesday, there were 399 patients hospitalized, up by 10 in a day but down by 21 in a week. Statewide, 74 patients were on ventilators Wednesday, down 4 in a day and down by 13 in seven days, according to the ADH.

In total, 58,757 people had recovered by Monday, an increase of 462 from Sunday and 3,796 from Aug. 31. Total deaths rose by 14 in a day and by 111 in a week, for a total of 908 on Monday.

Sarah Komar is the news editor for The Arkansas Traveler, where she previously worked as a staff reporter in 2019 and early 2020.

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