After seeing 97 new cases of COVID-19 the previous week, Lawrence County saw an additional 100 cases during this past week.

As of Tuesday, the Arkansas Department of Health reported the total cumulative case count for the county at 1,626, up from 1,526 last Tuesday.

The active case count, however, decreased by 19. Tuesday’s report showed Lawrence County with 126 active cases, down from 145 the previous week.

A high number of recoveries was reported for the county during the seven-day period. The ADH website reported 1,464 having recovered from the virus as of Tuesday, up 117 from the 1,347 reported last Tuesday.

Two additional COVID-related deaths were also reported among Lawrence County residents, bringing that total to 36.

Community infection rates remain high

The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement continues to monitor the community infection rate in Arkansas School Districts.

As of Thursday there were 171 Arkansas school districts that had 50 or more new known COVID-19 infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period.

This is the third consecutive week that more than 50 percent of the state’s public school districts have been on the list. Eighteen school districts were added to the list this week, and 153 remained on the list.

In Lawrence County, the Hillcrest, Hoxie and Lawrence County school districts were all listed among the districts that are seeing high infection rates in the communities within their districts.

Statewide numbers

In its Monday update, the Arkansas Department of Health reported 1,306 new cases; 23,057 active cases; 1,296 hospitalized, which was up 62 from Sunday; 212 on ventilators, which was up 18 from Sunday; deaths added Monday was 51, for a total of 3,800; a total of 234,781 cases; 173,995 recoveries; PCR tests, 4,473; antigen tests, 439.

The Health Department reported that the top counties for new cases in the state were Pulaski, 206; Washington, 151; Benton, 117; Faulkner, 96; and Sebastian, 61.

“Today’s increase in hospitalizations and the 51 new deaths from COVID-19 are vivid reminders of how many families are hurting because of this pandemic,” Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a prepared statement. “Our health care system is stretched and the numbers are likely to increase more. Thanks to all who are doing everything they can to be safe.”

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