JONESBORO — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Arkansas rose by 606 Wednesday, while “probable” cases rose by 266, the Arkansas Department of Health reported.
Meanwhile, several deaths listed in Northeast Arkansas are listed as probably virus-related.
Since the pandemic reached Arkansas in March, the state said tests have confirmed through testing 70,731 residents have been infected. The state lists another 1,488 probable cases
According to the Arkansas Department of Health and the CDC, a probable case is a person who:
Had COVID-19 symptoms and contact with a known COVID-19 patient, but no laboratory testing performed for COVID-19.
Had a positive antigen test for COVID-19.
Had a death certificate that lists COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2, but no laboratory testing for SARS-CoV-2.
The statewide death toll now stands at 1,110 with another 147 deaths among probable cases.
The state has identified deaths among probable cases in Craighead, Mississippi, Poinsett and Randolph counties.
On the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro, the number of active cases dropped Wednesday from 180 to 135. The active cases involve 37 students living on campus, 89 off-campus and nine university employees.
Dr. Kelly Damphousse, ASU chancellor, said he’s encouraged.
“We’re seeing our numbers going down, which is good,” Dampousse said. “I won’t be happy until we’re at zero. But I am happy with the direction we’re going for sure.”
Not everything is positive. The Northeast region of the state has the highest growth rate in infections, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said.
Also, a new White House report kept the state in the red zone for new virus cases per capita.
The White House Coronavirus Task Force said the state had the eighth-highest rate for new cases last week, reporting 124 per 100,000 people. But the report noted that new cases and the rate of positive coronavirus tests has trended downward in the past week.
The state’s rate of positive tests was down 2 percentage points to 7.6 percent over the previous week, the report said. The national rate of positive tests was 4.8 percent, according to the report, dated Sunday.
Craighead County had 3.4 percent of all the cases in the state as of Tuesday, while Washington County, home to the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas, had 11.7 percent and Pulaski County, the state’s most populous county, had 11.5 percent, according to USAFacts.org.
Northeast Arkansas COVID-19 cases by county through Wednesday:
Craighead – 2,403, confirmed (up 18), 51 probable (up 12); 335 active cases; 30,301 total tests; 16 confirmed deaths, 3 probable.
Greene – 741 confirmed (up 13), 6 probable (up 1); 73 active; 12,152 total tests; 7 confirmed deaths,
Lawrence – 306 confirmed (up 6), 25 probable (up 4); 49 active; 3,849 total tests; 11 confirmed deaths.
Poinsett – 579 confirmed (up 8), 8 probable; 58 active; 7,242 total tests; 8 confirmed deaths, 1 probable.
Mississippi – 1,522 confirmed (up 24), 20 probable (up 12); 89 active cases, 10,523 total tests; 37 confirmed deaths, 11 probable.
Jackson – 237 confirmed (up 4), 30 probable (up 20); 60 active cases; 5,5671 total tests; 1 confirmed death.
Randolph – 345 confirmed (up 4), 16 probable (up 5); 33 active cases; 4,464 total tests, 18 confirmed deaths, 4 probable.