COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arkansas topped 600 Monday, marking the sixth time in seven days that the state has broken its record for the number of people hospitalized with the deadly disease.
The Arkansas Department of Health reported 608 hospitalizations Monday, up 32 from Sunday, when the state hit a record high of 576. Arkansas’s record was previously broken on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Hospitalizations dipped slightly Saturday, to 554.
There were 568 new confirmed cases reported Monday, for a total of 88,870 cumulative cases. That total rose by 5,172 in one week. Active cases rose to 6,929, an increase of 62 in a day and 743 in a week. The ADH reported a cumulative total of 4,617 probable cases Monday, with 910 of those currently active.
Statewide, 104 patients were on ventilators Wednesday, an increase of 5 in a day and 11 in a week, according to the ADH.
Confirmed deaths rose by 17 in a day and by 139 in a week, for a total of 1,438 on Monday. An additional 148 deaths have likely been caused by the virus, according to the ADH.
Northwest Arkansas continues to be one of the top viral hotspots in the state, with active cases on the rise after a downward trend throughout most of September.
Washington County reported 479 active cases, 101 probable active cases, 9,648 confirmed cumulative cases, and 794 probable cumulative cases Monday. Benton County reported 282 confirmed active cases, 78 probable active cases, 6,843 confirmed cumulative cases and 390 probable cumulative cases.
Confirmed active cases increased by 22 in a day and by 99 in a week in Washington County. In Benton County, they increased by 2 in a day and 9 in a week.
At the UofA, total reported on-campus COVID-19 cases rose by 22 on Monday, and active cases also increased slightly.
By Monday there were 35 active cases reported on campus, up seven from Friday, according to the UA COVID-19 dashboard. Of those, 33 were students, and two were staff.
Five of the new cases were identified through on-campus testing, and 17 were self-reported. There were also 15 new recoveries and 238 new tests in the Friday-Sunday reporting period.
Of the tests performed in the three-day reporting period, 2.1% were positive. Of the 9,160 tests performed on campus, 718 have been positive, for a cumulative positivity rate of 7.8%.