COVID-19 cases surge 18.2% in Arkansas
New coronavirus cases leaped in Arkansas in the week ending Sunday, rising 18.2% as 1,299 cases were reported. The previous week had 1,099 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Arkansas ranked 49th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week the United States added 472,154 reported cases of coronavirus, a decrease of 3.4% from the week before. Across the country, 21 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Many states did not report cases on Easter. Delayed reporting from the holiday will make some state-to-state comparisons inaccurate, and also some in-state week-to-week comparisons inaccurate.
Within Arkansas, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Phillips, Lonoke and Fulton counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Pulaski County, with 189 cases; Washington County, with 153 cases; and Benton County, with 137. Weekly case counts rose in 45 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Pulaski, Lonoke and Craighead counties.
Arkansas ranked 42nd among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 33.5% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 39.5%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows.
In the week ending Sunday, Arkansas reported administering another 142,512 vaccine doses, compared to 162,480 the week before that. In all, Arkansas reported it has administered 1,611,803 doses.
Across Arkansas, cases fell in 23 counties, with the best declines in Baxter, Van Buren and Clark counties.
In Arkansas, 33 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 18 people were reported dead.
A total of 333,452 people in Arkansas have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 5,694 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 31,670,031 people have tested positive and 567,217 people have died.
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