COVID-19 cases fall in Arkansas

Mike Stucka
USA TODAY NETWORK

Arkansas reported 1,272 new cases of coronavirus in the week ending Sunday, down 9.5% from the previous week . Then, 1,405 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 were reported.

Arkansas ranked 45th 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 18.9% from the week before, with 232,421 cases reported. With 0.91% of the country's population, Arkansas had 0.55% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, four states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Across Arkansas, cases fell in 37 counties, with the best declines in Faulkner, Washington and Lonoke counties.

Logan County reported two cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported six cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 2,237 cases and 22 deaths.

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Arkansas ranked 43rd among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 37.6% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 47.4%, 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 66,841 vaccine doses, including 27,027 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 75,844 vaccine doses, including 25,605 first doses. In all, Arkansas reported it has administered 1,966,843 total doses.

Within Arkansas, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Randolph, Lee and Miller counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Pulaski County, with 226 cases; Benton County, with 162 cases; and Washington County, with 96. Weekly case counts rose in 28 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Pulaski, Miller and Arkansas 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 338,782 people in Arkansas have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 5,794 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 32,940,778 people have tested positive and 585,970 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 mstucka@gannett.com.

Mount Carmel pharmacist David McKenney measures doses of a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in the first aid station on the main concourse during the Columbus Clippers' opening day Triple-A baseball game at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio, on May 11, 2021. 39 people received a Johnson & Johnson vaccination from Mount Carmel during the event.