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1,349 new coronavirus cases, 13 deaths – todays Covid-19 Arkansas reports



Arkansas –  Arkansas health officials reported more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 more deaths linked to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

State health authorities reported 1,010 Arkansas residents were hospitalized with COVID-19 Saturday, as the pandemic continued to put pressure on state hospital systems.

The Arkansas Department of Health says the state added 1,349 confirmed and probable cases Saturday.

The department says Arkansas has had a total of 155,026 COVID-19 cases and 2,449 fatalities. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say more than 13% of coronavirus tests in Arkansas came back positive over the last seven days.

On Friday, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 climbed again after surpassing 1,000 for the first time since the pandemic began.

Officials have repeatedly warned Arkansans about a post-Thanksgiving surge in cases. They have urged Arkansans not to hold large gatherings for the holiday.