COVID-19 cases fall in Arkansas

Mike Stucka

Arkansas reported 1,254 new cases of coronavirus in the week ending Sunday, down 3.5% from the previous week. Then, 1,299 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 were reported.

Arkansas ranked 48th 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 coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 13.8% from the week before, with 407,147 cases reported. With 0.91% of the country's population, Arkansas had 0.31% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 11 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Across Arkansas, cases fell in 36 counties, with the best declines in Washington, Lonoke and Pulaski counties.

Logan County reported 14 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported two cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic the county has reported 2,223 cases and 22 deaths.

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Arkansas ranked 43rd among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 34.8% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 42.2%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.

In the week ending Sunday, Arkansas reported administering another 112,948 vaccine doses, including 40,705 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 142,512 vaccine doses, including 65,474 first doses. In all, Arkansas reported it has administered 1,724,751 total doses.

Within Arkansas, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Ashley, Crittenden and Pope counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Benton County, with 158 cases; Pulaski County, with 156 cases; and Washington County, with 117. Weekly case counts rose in 33 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Benton, Ashley and Pope counties.

In Arkansas, 24 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 33 people were reported dead.

A total of 334,706 people in Arkansas have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 5,718 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 32,077,178 people have tested positive and 572,200 people have died.

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The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at

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