LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – New data released on Wednesday showed the largest one-day increase in active cases in more than two months, while the total number of new cases also showed a sharp rise.
The Arkansas Department of Health figures show that 177 active cases have been added to the state’s current tally, bringing it to 4,537. The state also reported 675 new cases, bringing the state’s total of the pandemic to 517,675.
Records show that the last time Arkansas saw this big one-day jump in active cases was September 9. The new increase in the number of cases is the largest since October 15.
The ADH also reported three more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total to 8,525 Arkansans who have died from the virus.
There were only minor changes in the number of patients with severe cases of the virus, with the number of patients hospitalized increasing by eight to 296 with 66 patients on a ventilator, an increase of just three.
While the increase in the number of cases may be considered worrying, the state also reported continued increases in vaccine doses administered, with 12,783 administered in the past 24 hours.
In a tweet, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson praised the increase in the number of cases, but also praised the jump in vaccinations, noting that it was important to increase that number before winter illnesses could complicate cases.
The ADH reported that there are currently 1,413,682 Arkansans who have been fully immunized against COVID-19, with an additional 296,121 residents with partial immunity.