JONESBORO — Craighead County showed a continued decline in the number of new coronavirus cases Thursday compared to a week ago.

However, one of the 25 deaths statewide was a Jonesboro-area resident, and another was from Greene County. Craighead had 42 new confirmed or probable cases.

The Arkansas Department of Health reported a total of 1,103 new cases statewide, including 724 that were confirmed through lab testing. Once again, Gov. Asa Hutchinson found the numbers encouraging.

“For the second day in a row, we see a decrease of over 50 percent in new cases from last week,” Hutchinson said in a news release. “Vaccine administration has progressed throughout the state, with an increase of over 94,000 since last week. We must continue doing our part in this fight.”

The top counties for new cases are Pulaski, 178; Benton, 90; Washington, 60; Saline, 57; and Sebastian, 52.

Since the pandemic reached Arkansas in March, at least 311,043 Arkansas residents have become infected by the virus, including 5,199 who died. Active cases dropped by 672 to 13,518 statewide.

Hospitalizations dropped Thursday to 712 statewide, down 23 from Wednesday. Of those 256 were listed in intensive care, which is a reduction of 33; and 117 were on ventilators, 21 fewer than Wednesday.

COVID hospitalizations in Northeast Arkansas declined by one to 79, including 18 who were in ICUs, unchanged from Wednesday. Four patients were on ventilators, one less than Wednesday.

Northeast Arkansas COVID-19 cases by county through Thursday:

Craighead – 10,955 confirmed (up 35 from Wednesday), 1,607 probable (up 7); 373 active cases (down 17); 155 confirmed deaths, 19 probable.

Greene – 4,551 confirmed (up 11), 1,175 probable (up 6); 194 active (down 16); 60 confirmed deaths, 12 probable.

Lawrence – 1,612 confirmed (up 13); 370 probable (up 4); 69 active (up 11); 37 confirmed deaths, 4 probable.

Poinsett – 2,651 confirmed (up 4), 386 probable (down 1); 93 active (up 1); 58 confirmed deaths), 16 probable.

Mississippi – 4,880 confirmed (up 8), 588 probable (up 12); 198 active cases (up 5); 93 confirmed deaths, 18 probable.

Jackson – 2,402 confirmed (up 1), 717 probable (unchanged); 39 active cases (down 11); 21 confirmed deaths, 11 probable.

Randolph – 1,476 confirmed (up 2), 428 probable (up 2); 58 active cases (down 7); 35 confirmed deaths, 14 probable.

Cross – 1,468 confirmed (up 1), 399 probable (unchanged); 46 active cases (down 8); 44 confirmed deaths, 3 probable.

Clay – 1,272 confirmed (up 5), 379 probable (unchanged); 591 active cases (down 12); 31 confirmed deaths, 12 probable.