COVID-19 in Arkansas: Hospitalizations fall, pediatric cases see jump heading into the weekend

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The latest data on COVID-19 cases in Arkansas saw a decrease in the number of patients hospitalized because of the virus, but also showed that pediatric cases continued to increase.

According to Arkansas Department of Health figures, hospital admissions fell for the third day in a row, with 45 to 1,149 patients admitted due to COVID-19.

The number of patients requiring ICU care fell by 32 to 476, while one new patient went on a ventilator, bringing that number in the state to 316.

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The RDA reported 2,159 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, slightly increasing the number of active cases to 19,742 and bringing the pandemic total to 472,136.

Breakdown of the data: The two age groups that saw the highest increase in cases were both in the pediatric range, with 483 new cases in patients 10 years and younger and 341 new cases in patients 11 to 17 years of age. In the past seven days, there have been a total of 3,622 new cases in those age groups.

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Unfortunately, an additional 28 Arkansans died from the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the state’s pandemic total to 7,199.

8,189 vaccine doses of COVID-19 have been administered in the past day. There are currently 1,270,835 Arkans residents who have been fully immunized against the virus, up from 4,953, while an additional 318,399 residents have partial immunity.

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