Arkansas surpasses 1,000 virus deaths since pandemic began


LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas surpassed 1,000 total deaths from the illness caused by the coronavirus on Tuesday, including more than 100 newly-counted fatalities from probable cases over the past several weeks.The state reported 17 new deaths among confirmed coronavirus cases. The Health Department said it was also adding another 139 deaths from people who tested positive through antigen testing or had COVID-19 listed as a cause of death but did not have lab results confirming it.The latest figures bring Arkansas’ total COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began in March to 1,149. It’s not clear how far back the probable deaths went, but health officials said they didn’t represent a new increase in COVID-19 fatalities.”We’re concerned about every death, but I don’t see that (virus deaths are) accelerating,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. “It’s just simply that we are really accounting for deaths that have come in previously.”

The Department of Health reported 676 new confirmed cases on Tuesday, bringing its total since the virus began to 70,125. The state also reported 188 new probable cases detected through antigen testing.

The number of people hospitalized because of COVID-19 increased by 11 to 389.

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