Arkansas broke its COVID-19 hospitalization record for the second day in a row Monday, after a week of record-breaking new case numbers.
Since Wednesday, The Arkansas Department of Health has reported more than 1,000 confirmed and probable new cases of COVID-19 each day. Two of those days’ totals broke the state’s record for most new cases in a single day, with 1,548 new confirmed and probable cases reported Wednesday, and 1,870 reported Thursday.
Case numbers were slightly lower Monday, with 945 new cases reported, but hospitalizations in the state hit an all time high. The ADH reported a statewide total of 786 COVID-19-related hospitalizations Monday, topping the previous record of 741, set the day before. Hospitalizations rose by 45 in a day and 98 in a week.
As of Monday, there have been a total of 122,811 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 reported in Arkansas. That total rose by 9,170 in one week. Total active cases rose to 8,209, an increase of eight in a day and 2,353 in a week.
Statewide, 116 patients were on ventilators Wednesday, an increase of 13 in a day, but a net decrease of 3 in seven days, according to the ADH.
In total, 108,201 confirmed and probable cases were considered inactive by Monday, an increase of 941 from Sunday and 6,694 from Nov. 2.
Northwest Arkansas is a top viral hotspot in Arkansas, with active cases in Benton and Washington Counties continuing on an upward trend that began at the end of October.
Washington County reported 602 active confirmed cases, 284 active probable cases, 11,142 cumulative confirmed cases and 1,463 cumulative probable cases Monday. Benton County reported 839 active confirmed cases, 253 active probable cases, 8,557 cumulative confirmed cases and 1,004 cumulative probable cases.
Total active cases (confirmed and probable) increased by 22 in a day and by 258 in a week in Washington County. In Benton County, cases fell by two in a day but increased by 414 in a week. Total cumulative cases in the two counties increased by 82 and 53, respectively, from Sunday.
Active cases on the UA campus have been consistently on the rise since Nov. 2, which continued when the number rose by seven Monday.
By Monday there were 73 active cases reported on campus, up from 66 Friday, according to the UA COVID-19 dashboard. Of those, 62 were students, two were faculty, eight were staff and one was categorized as other, which can include vendors, contractors and other non-university employees who have been on campus since Aug. 1.
Cumulative on-campus cases increased by 18 between Friday and Sunday, according to the data sheet linked to the dashboard. The dashboard itself lists 24 new cases. It is not clear which number is correct. Of the new cases, at least nine were discovered through on-campus testing and at least nine were self-reported.
Of the 14,172 tests performed on campus since Aug. 10, 816 have been positive, for a cumulative positivity rate of 5.8%, down from 5.9% Friday. There are also three results pending.