Arkansas covid hospitalizations down, but ventilator use up

The number of Arkansans hospitalized with the coronavirus fell on Friday for the first time in nearly a week, although the number of those patients on ventilators approached a four-month high.

On Friday, the Arkansas Department of Health reported 18 fewer Covid-19 hospitalizations, bringing the total to 417. However, that number was still up 19 from its level a week earlier.

However, the number of virus patients in the state who were on ventilators rose by two on Friday, to 24. It was the third consecutive daily increase and the highest number of covid patients on ventilators since the March 30.

The number of Arkansans hospitalized in intensive care with covid-19 fell by four, to 84, after hitting a four-month high a day earlier.

The number of coronavirus cases in Arkansas rose by 1,178 on Friday — the lowest daily increase since Monday. Friday’s increase in cases was 400 lower than Thursday’s and 358 lower than the previous Friday.

After rising slightly a day earlier, the average daily increase in the number of cases in the state over a rolling seven-day period fell to 1,186. It was the first time that the seven-day average was lower than 1,200 since the week ending July 8. In other words, it was the first seven-day period in three weeks in which fewer than 8,400 new coronavirus cases were reported.

Since the pandemic hit Arkansas in March 2020, the state’s health department has reported 902,307 coronavirus cases. Of these, 874,575 are considered recovered.

With recoveries outnumbering new cases on Friday, the number of cases in the state considered active fell by 220, to 15,795, after rising the previous two days.

The state’s death toll from the virus, as tracked by the Department of Health, rose by eight, to 11,707.

More details in Saturday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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