Arkansas eighth in per capita new coronavirus cases

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Data from Johns Hopkins University on Saturday showed Arkansas ranked eighth in the United States for the per capita number of new coronavirus cases.

Arkansas on Saturday recorded 1,267.26 new cases per 100,000 population, and the seven-day moving average of new cases rose from 2,310.7 per day to 2,682.1 from Jan. 1 to Friday.

The moving average of COVID-19 deaths increased from 39 per day to 42.4 during the same period, while the average positivity rate in the state fell from 23.38% to 17.73% .

The state’s health department on Saturday reported 270,178 total cases and 4,293 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March, an increase of 2,543 cases and 30 more deaths as of Friday. The department reported 1,292 people hospitalized for the disease, down from 22.

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