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Coronavirus in Arkansas: 3,106 new cases reported Thursday, 55 additional deaths

See the counties that have cases of the coronavirus in the River Valley & Northwest Arkansas.

ARKANSAS, USA — All cases are reported by the Arkansas Department of Health.

Credit: KFSM

January 21 Update:


  • 279,220 COVID-19 cases in Arkansas (+3,106)
    • 224,243 confirmed COVID-19 cases (+1,956)
    • 54,977 probable COVID-19 cases (+1,150)


  • 4,496 COVID-19 deaths in Arkansas (+55)
    • 3,689 confirmed COVID-19 deaths (+32)
    • 807 probable COVID-19 deaths (+23)


  • 20,618 active cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas (+227)
    • 14,578 confirmed active COVID-19 cases in Arkansas (-35)
    • 6,040 probable active cases in Arkansas (+262)


  • 254,076 Arkansans have recovered from COVID-19 (+2,824)


  • 1,160 Arkansans are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 (-19)

Regional Statistics - Provided by Northwest Arkansas Health Care Community 

  • Benton County: 360 new cases reported Thursday, Jan. 21. 
  • Washington County: 249 new cases reported Thursday, Jan 21. 
  • There are currently 108 patients in COVID-19 units in Northwest Arkansas as of Thursday, Jan. 21. 

Governor Hutchinson released the following statement on Thursday's COVID-19 numbers:

"The increase in new cases is disappointing & a reminder that we cannot let up in following the public health guidelines. Our vaccines are getting into the arms of Arkansans, but remember, we are totally dependent upon the supply that comes from manufacturers. Right now it is limited."

Testing Terminology:

  • The definition of a CONFIRMED case is that someone has had a positive PCR test.
  • The definition of a PROBABLE case is that someone has had a positive antigen test, or they may have symptoms and an epidemiological link to a known case without any testing or COVID-19 can be mentioned on the death certificate without testing. Those three situations will result in a probable case report.

"Now it's easy for people to think that because we use the word probable, maybe it's a case, maybe it isn't. But that's not how we think of it," Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, with the Arkansas Department of Health, said. "It is a real case. In the same way that a PCR is a real case. The Arkansas Department of Health does case investigation and contact tracing for all probable cases."  

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Where is the coronavirus where you live? 

The following map shows a list of coronavirus cases by county in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley, as confirmed by the Arkansas Department of Health and the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Bookmark this page and check back often for updates.

Click here to find out where you can get tested.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, coronavirus patients have reported a mild to severe respiratory illness, with symptoms of cough, fever, and shortness of breath.

Those symptoms can appear within two days, or as long as 14 days after exposure, according to the CDC.

Credit: Mayo Clinic

Steps to prevent contracting coronavirus

The CDC recommends these everyday lifestyle tips for avoiding the spread of any type of respiratory virus:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 

If you are sick, the CDC says to take these steps to avoid spreading a respiratory illness:

• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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