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Arkansas reports 59 new coronavirus cases, 5 more deaths

April 19, 2021 GMT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reported 59 new coronavirus cases Monday and five more deaths from the illness the virus causes.

The Department of Health said the state’s virus cases since the pandemic began now total 333,511, and its COVID-19 deaths total 5,699.

The state’s active cases, meaning ones that don’t include people who have died or recovered, dropped by 121 to 1,789. COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arkansas rose by three to 164.

Nearly 6,500 additional doses of the coronavirus vaccine were administered. More than 1.5 million of the 2.2 million vaccine doses allocated to the state have been given so far.

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More than 626,000 people in the state have been fully immunized, the department said.

“Our combined efforts are keeping the numbers low, but we will lose momentum if we do not increase our vaccination numbers,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a statement.