LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The University of Arkansas says the number of active coronavirus cases on its main campus in Fayetteville is approaching 1,000.
The university on Monday reported 439 new cases during the weekend, bringing its total active cases to 923. The vast majority of the cases are students, the university said.
The state Health Department in a separate report said the school has 961 active cases.
The spike comes days after the school moved to restrict on-campus events and off-campus parties over concerns about the outbreak.
Arkansas State University in Jonesboro on Tuesday reported 110 active cases on campus.
Of those 107 cases, 78 are students living off campus, 27 are on-campus students and 5 are university employees, according to the astate.edu website.
The Arkansas Department of Health on Tuesday reported 294 new confirmed virus cases statewide, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 66,021.
The number of people who died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, rose by nine to 917. The number of people hospitalized rose by 10 to 409.
In Jackson County, the health department reported 195 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 17 active cases, 177 recovered, 5,205 negative, and 1 reported death. The number of confirmed cases increased by 4 over the Labor Day weekend.
On Friday, Sept. 4, the department of health reported 63,081 cases, meaning there were 2,940 new cases reported across the state over the long Labor Day weekend.
On Aug. 31, the state tally stood at 61,224 – an increase of 4,797 since last Monday.
On Labor Day, the state health department reported 350 new cases of the coronavirus and 14 additional deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.
Deaths in the state were reported to be 861 for the state on Aug. 31, meaning 56 Arkansans have died of coronavirus in the first eight days of September.
The actual number of cases in Arkansas is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
Northeast Arkansas numbers reported by the state Department of Health:
Craighead – 2,139 confirmed (up 181 from Friday), with 347 still active, 1,777 recovered, 25,576 negative tests, 15 deaths.
Lawrence – 271 confirmed (up 13 from Friday), 27 active, 233 recovered, 3,053 negative, 11 deaths.
Greene – 674 confirmed (up 22 from Friday), 52 active, 616 recovered, 10,283 negative, 6 deaths.
Poinsett – 530 confirmed (up 27 from Friday), 65 active, 459 recovered, 5,975 negative, 6 deaths.
Randolph – 325 confirmed (up 13 from Friday), 14 active, 293 recovered, 3,813 negative, 18 deaths.
Clay – 214 confirmed (up 24 from Friday), 35 active, 174 recovered, 3,190, 5 deaths.
Mississippi – 1,442 confirmed (up 54 from Friday), 96 active, 1,312 recovered, 9,999 negative, 34 deaths.
Cross – 337 confirmed (up 48 from Friday), 63 active, 269 recovered, 3,523 negatives, 5 deaths.
Sharp – 157 confirmed (up 5 from Friday), 11 active, 141 recovered, 2,959 negatives, 5 deaths.