For the second week in a row the number of new cases of COVID-19 among Lawrence County residents remained in the single digits, however for the first time in several weeks a new COVID-related death was reported by the Arkansas Department of Health.

As of Tuesday, the ADH website reported the number of deaths among Lawrence County residents at 42, up one from last Tuesday.

The case numbers remain very low in the county, though, with only six new cases reported in the seven-day period, bringing the total cumulative case count to 2,061, up from 2,055 the previous week.

The ADH reported just 117 new cases Monday, including 95 confirmed through lab testing. The new numbers were based on the results of 2,451 tests.

Active cases dropped by 222 statewide to 2,863, said Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

“Today’s number of active cases is the lowest in Arkansas since early June,” Hutchinson said in a prepared statement. “We are making great progress in decreasing our new case numbers, but we must continue to get vaccinated. The best thing each of us can do is get the vaccine when it’s our turn.”

The state recorded nine deaths Monday, bringing the death toll in the state since the pandemic began a year ago to 5,481. To date, Arkansas reports at least 327,060 people have been infected by the virus.

Hospitalizations as a result of the virus rose by seven statewide to 250. Of those 58 were on ventilators, a reduction of three since Sunday. In Northeast Arkansas, 32 were hospitalized, an increase of three. Two were on ventilators, a reduction of one.

According to the Health Department, the top counties for new cases at the beginning of this week were: Benton, 15; Crawford, 13; Pulaski, 12; Washington, 11; and Lonoke, 8.

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