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Arkansas reports 11 covid deaths, largest daily increase since April

Arkansas posted its largest daily increase in covid-19 deaths in more than three months on Wednesday, while the state’s covid hospitalizations hit a 20-week high.

The state’s total count continued a recent plateau in newly reported infections. The Arkansas Department of Health reported 1,835 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, larger by 100 than the increase on Tuesday but larger by only 25 than the increase the previous Wednesday.

Covid hospitalizations rose Wednesday by six, to 442. They were already at their highest level since the 449 hospitalizations reported on March 1.

The number of cases in the state that were considered active rose by 204, to 16,946, as new cases outpaced recoveries. The count remains at its highest level since Feb. 13.

Since the pandemic reached Arkansas in March 2020, the state Health Department has reported 890,943 cases of coronavirus. Of those, 862,113 are considered recovered.

Read the full article from Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette here.