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Active COVID-19 cases in Arkansas fell below 5,000 for the first time since June 21, 2020, Monday, just days after the state topped 500,000 vaccine doses distributed to Arkansans.

Total active cases (confirmed and probable) dropped to 4,899 Monday, a decrease of 771in a day and 5,595 in a week, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. Active cases in Arkansas have remained above 5,000 since June 22, when they hit 5,063. At their peak on Jan. 9, active cases totaled 27,822.

As active cases continue on a nearly two-month-long downward trend, vaccination of Arkansans is on the rise. By Monday, 519,240 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in Arkansas, including 487,212 doses administered at hospitals, long-term care facilities and pharmacies, and 32,028 administered as part of two federal programs by Walmart, CVS and Walgreens Pharmacies. Total doses administered rose by 4,057 in a day and by 41,192 in a week Monday.

Statewide, total cumulative cases increased by 2,411 between Feb. 15 and Monday, for a total of 315,759 according to the ADH. Cases rose by 245 between Sunday and Monday.

Hospitalizations increased to 588, up by 11 in a day but down by 54 in a week. Statewide, 109 patients were on ventilators Monday, a decrease of five in a day and a net decrease of two in a week.

The ADH reported six new deaths from confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 Monday. The additional deaths bring the total death toll in Arkansas to 5,363, up 88 in a week.

In total, 305,470 confirmed and probable Arkansas cases were considered inactive by Monday, an increase of 1,010 from Sunday and 7,918 from Feb. 15.

Washington County reported 386 total active cases (confirmed and probable), and 29,089 total cumulative cases Monday. Benton County reported 441 total active cases and 26,739 total cumulative cases.

Total active cases decreased by 43 in a day and by 209 in a week in Washington County. In Benton County, active cases fell by 67 in a day and 314 in a week. Total cumulative cases in the two counties increased by 292 and 265, respectively, in a week.

The number of confirmed active cases on the UA campus fell by 15 Monday from 31 Friday, for a total of 16 active campus cases, according to the UA COVID-19 Dashboard.

Of those, 15 were students and 1 was a staff member. The dashboard lists 3 new cases identified in the reporting period of Friday-Sunday. All of the new cases were self-reported.

None of the 77 tests conducted on campus in the reporting period of Friday-Sunday were positive, according to the dashboard. Of the 31,778 tests performed on campus since Aug. 10, 2020, 1,346 have been positive, for a cumulative positivity rate of 4.2%.

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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