Arkansas reports record 1,278 coronavirus cases amid surge

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Graphic. (U.S. Air Force Graphic by Rosario "Charo" Gutierrez)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has reported a daily-record 1,278 new confirmed and probable cases of the coronavirus. That’s as cases of the coronavirus continues to spike. The Department of Health on Tuesday reported that the state’s confirmed virus cases rose by 1,068 and its probable cases rose by 210. That brings the combined total for the outbreak to 96,524, with 8,424 cases are now active and 594 requiring hospitalization, seven more than Wednesday. Patients needing breathing assistance fell by seven to 106. Meanwhile, 11 more people have died of the coronavirus Thursday, bringing the state’s total death toll to 1,645.