The Monday numbers, always lower than other days, but with one terrible exception.
Total cases: 172,042, up 1,118 from yesterday.
Active cases: 18,057, down 693 from yesterday.
Deaths: 2,713, up 53 from yesterday, a new record by 11
I’ve asked if these might include some revisions from earlier days or other extenuating circumstances.
— ArkansasCovid (@ArkansasCovid) December 7, 2020
UPDATE: A Health Department spokesman tells me:
Seven of them are considered delayed deaths with one from September, three from October and three from early November. But all the rest of them are from the past few weeks.
The governor’s daily comment:
“Yesterday recorded our highest total number of deaths since the COVID-19 pandemic began. This high number of our friends and neighbors losing their lives is a tough reminder of our responsibility to follow the public health guidelines each day. Tomorrow, I will be in Saline County meeting with community leaders on local strategies.”
Here’s the Health Department’s daily update on hospital numbers, as of 2 p.m. today:
Current hospitalizations: 1,053
Total Beds: 8,952
Total Beds Available: 2,440
Total ICU Beds: 1,165
Total ICU Beds Available: 106
Total Vents: 1,053
Total Vents Available: 648
Total Covid patients in ICU: 385
Total Covid patients on vents: 181