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The state of emergency declared because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will be in effect for another two months after Arkansas lawmakers approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s request Monday. 

Hutchinson is also preparing to remove the statewide mask mandate at the end of March. In February, Hutchinson announced he would lift the mask mandate, in place since June, if certain targets were met by March 31. These include the seven-day rolling average of test positivity staying below 10%, and the rolling average of daily tests administered reaching 7,500.

By Monday, about 57% of the 1,922,880 COVID-19 vaccine doses received in Arkansas had been administered, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. Between March 22 and Monday, 136,343 doses were administered. A total of 390,079 Arkansans are fully immunized, while 341,453 are partially immunized.

Cases fell 172 in a day and 559 in a week Monday, for a total of 1,773.

Hospitalizations dropped to 164, down by seven in a day and 20 in a week. Statewide, 28 COVID-19 patients were on ventilators Monday, up one from Sunday and down by 14 in a week.

The ADH reported six new deaths from confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 5,601. 

Washington County reported 162 total active cases (confirmed and probable), and 30,151 total cumulative cases Monday. Benton County reported 199 total active cases and 28,085 total cumulative cases.

Total active cases decreased by 12 in a day and 46 in a week in Washington County. In Benton County, active cases fell by 24 in a day and 73 in a week. Total cumulative cases in the two counties increased by 265 and 138, respectively, in a week.

Known active cases on the UA campus remained at four Monday, according to the UA COVID-19 Dashboard.

All active cases are students. The dashboard lists one new case, while the data sheet connected to the dashboard shows no new cases in the Friday-Sunday period. It is unclear which number is correct. No new recoveries reported. 

Of the 36,782 tests performed on campus since Aug. 10, 2020, 1,382 have been positive, for a cumulative positivity rate of 3.8%.


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

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