Arkansas reports 44 coronavirus deaths, drop in new cases


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has reported 44 more deaths from the coronavirus, even as the state saw a steep drop in new cases.

The Department of Health on Monday reported the state’s COVID-19 deaths increased to 4,650. The state’s new coronavirus cases rose by 636 to 284,702. The state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by four to 1,084.

Monday marked the lowest increase in cases for the state since Nov. 2, when Arkansas reported 584 new cases.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson noted Monday’s drop in cases came as fewer coronavirus tests were conducted than the state normally sees.

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