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Hospitalization of Arkansans with COVID-19 hit a record high for the second day in a row on Monday, with 974 people hospitalized.

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 12 new hospitalizations Monday, breaking the previous day's record total of 962. The record previous to Sunday's was 935, set Friday.

Cumulative statewide cases increased by 11,842 between Nov. 16-23, for a total of 146,190. Cases rose by 1,107 between Sunday and Monday. Total active cases fell to 16,727, a decrease of 919 in a day but a net increase of 242 in a week.

Deaths rose by 30 on Monday, for a total of 2,387. That total increased by 162 in one week. Statewide, 164 patients were on ventilators Monday, an increase of 12 in a day and 41 in a week, according to the ADH.

In total, 127,059 confirmed and probable cases were considered inactive by Monday, an increase of 1,906 from Sunday and 11,434 from Nov. 16.

Active cases in Northwest Arkansas have been on the rise since October, with a mostly upward trend in Washington County. Throughout the past week, cases steadily declined in Benton County.

Washington County reported 1,383 total active cases (confirmed and probable), and 14,675 total cumulative cases Monday. Benton County reported 998 total active cases and 11,207 total cumulative cases.

Total active cases decreased by 65 in a day but increased by 49 in a week in Washington County. In Benton County, active cases fell by 61 in a day and by 345 in a week. Total cumulative cases in the two counties increased by 107 and 82, respectively, from Sunday.

The number of active cases on the UA campus fell Monday by 31 from 111 Friday, for a total of 80 active campus cases, according to the UA COVID-19 Dashboard.

Of those, 68 were students, three were faculty members and nine were staff members.

The dashboard lists 16 new cases identified in the reporting period of Friday-Sunday. The data sheet linked to the dashboard lists 12 new cases in that period. It is unclear which number is correct. Of the new cases, at least six were identified through on-campus testing, and at least six were self-reported.

Of the 17,516 tests performed on campus since Aug. 10,943 have been positive, for a cumulative positivity rate of 5.4%. There are 82 results pending.

Abbi Ross is the Editor in Chief of the Arkansas Traveler, where she previously worked as senior staff reporter.

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