This week the Arkansas Department of Health reported 59 new COVID-19 cases in the state.

That brought the total case number for Arkansas to 333,511 since the pandemic began.

Five deaths were reported on Monday, bringing the statewide total to 5,699 since last year, and there were 1,789 active cases in the state at the beginning of this week.

“Today we saw fewer new cases with more testing than this time last week,” Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a prepared statement on Monday. “The increase in vaccine doses was larger this week than last Monday. Our combined efforts are keeping the numbers low, but we will lose momentum if we do not increase our vaccination numbers.”

Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases in Arkansas has increased by 34.9, an increase of 22 percent, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Statewide hospitalizations rose by three to 164 Sunday; 22 of those patients were on ventilators, which is up by one. Hospitalizations in Northeast Arkansas were 28 on Monday, including one patient who was on a ventilator.

In Lawrence County there have been 2,084 cumulative COVID-19 cases reported since March of last year with 2,029 recovered cases.

There are 12 active COVID-19 cases in Lawrence County currently. The county has had 39 confirmed deaths due to the virus, and four probable, for a total of 43.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, counties with the most new COVID-19 cases Monday were: Pulaski, 16; Benton, 5; and Garland and Washington with 4 each.

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