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Arkansas sees 1,860 new COVID cases as delta variant surge continues

Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has increased by 114%, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University researchers.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The number of people hospitalized due to the coronavirus jumped to over 800, which is leading the nation in new virus cases per capita.

The Department of Health said Thursday that the state's virus hospitalizations increased to 849.

Arkansas's cases have surged in recent weeks because of the delta variant of the virus and a low number of people getting vaccinated. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 35% of the state's population is fully vaccinated. 

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson this month embarked on a statewide tour, holding town halls aimed at encouraging people to get vaccinated.

Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has increased by 114%, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University researchers.

Key facts to know:

  • Total cases: 370,326 (+1,860 since yesterday)
  • Total active cases: 12,779 (+876)
  • Total deaths: 6,035 (+15)
  • Hospitalized: 849 (+1)
  • On ventilators: 158 (+2)
  • Arkansans fully vaccinated: 1,036,479 (+2,446)

Nearly 35 percent of people in Arkansas are fully vaccinated, compared to the nationwide average of 48 percent.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.