As COVID-19 continues on an upward trajectory in Arkansas, campus case numbers are rising as well.
UA officials reported 19 new positive cases on campus Wednesday for a total of 48 active cases, according to the UA COVID-19 Dashboard. Of the active cases, 38 were students, two were graduate assistants, one was a faculty member and seven were staff.
Of the 19,031 tests conducted on campus since Aug. 10, 972 were positive, for a 5.1% positivity rate. As of Wednesday, 98.6% of on-campus quarantine and isolation space is available.
Over the last seven days, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculated an average of 49.2 daily cases per 100,000 in the United States. Arkansas was calculated to have an average increase of 52.1 cases daily.
The ADH has encouraged Arkansas residents to take precautionary measures to avoid spreading COVID-19 during the holiday season. Specifically, it advises individuals to avoid large numbers of people, poor ventilation, prolonged contact with others, crowding, and people not wearing masks.
With a total of 16,378 active cases in Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Health reported 2,212 total new cases as of Wednesday.
The ADH reported 1,088 hospitalizations and 186 patients on ventilators. There were 2,522 deaths reported.
Washington and Benton County were both in the top five for most new active cases reported Wednesday, with the counties reporting 158 and 166, respectively.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson addressed the widespread presence of COVID-19 in Arkansas in a statement Wednesday, accrediting the rise in cases to the holidays and cold weather.
“I expected the return to higher case numbers today, and all indications are that the number will continue to be high through the week,” Hutchinson said. “With COVID-19 virus in every area of the state, we need to double our efforts to follow public health guidelines.”
Noting the increase in hospitalizations and ventilations recorded, Hutchinson said it is critical, in order to manage the health of all citizens, for Arkansans to ensure there is enough availability in hospitals to care for, both, routine illnesses and COVID-19. There are 16,378 total active cases statewide.
There were 161,521 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and 142,600 recoveries across the state as of Wednesday, according to the ADH.