LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The wave of COVID-19 cases caused by the omicron variant led to a second consecutive day of record number of new cases and a tenth day in a row of breaking the active case record.
According to data reported by the Arkansas Department of Health, the number of new cases rose by 12,990 to 653,789 for the total pandemic. Active cases shot up 8,212 and now stands at 79,346.
The number of hospital admissions reported by the ADH saw a significant increase for the second time this week, rising from 66 to 1,251. This is the first time since September 8, 2021, hospital admissions have crossed the 1,200 mark, and the current patient burden from COVID-19 has increased by 145% in just one month.
The number of patients in ICU increased by four to 351, while the number of ventilator patients rose by three to 170.
There were also 18 more deaths in Arkansas, bringing the state’s total pandemic to 9,390.
Vaccination efforts remained focused on booster doses, with a total of 9,125 doses administered on the final day and 4,278 people receiving a third dose.
There are currently 1,523,696 people in Arkansas who have been fully immunized against the virus, while another 367,272 have partial immunity.