LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Gov. Asa Hutchinson confirmed Sunday that Arkansas saw 422 new COVID-19 cases and 8 more deaths.
The state saw its first omicron case on Friday, December 17, and the Arkansas Department of Health confirmed that it saw its second omicron case on Wednesday, December 22.
The governor said it is clear that omicron is in our state and it is spreading rapidly.
He also encouraged Arkansans to get their vaccine, noting at least 62% percent of Arkansans have received one dose of the vaccine, 51% are fully vaccinated, while only 14% have the booster dose.
Key facts to know:
- Total cases: 550,413 (+422)
- Active cases: 9,942 (-91)
- Total deaths: 9,066 (+8)
- Hospitalized: 482 (+15)
- On ventilators: 118 (+5)
- Fully vaccinated: 1,498,442 (+123)
A total of 9,066 people have died in Arkansas due to the virus and nearly 1.5 million have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
We will update this article with more information as it becomes available.