LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas marked a grim milestone on Thursday as new data from health officials showed that the state had passed 5,000 deaths due to the coronavirus.
The Arkansas Department of Health reported 24 new deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,009.
The United States saw its first positive case of COVID-19 on January 22 of last year, then the first death 38 days later. Arkansas’s first two deaths were reported 24 days later, on March 24.
It was not until September 15 when the state crossed 1,000 deaths, 175 days since the first fatal cases. After that, however, deaths from COVID-19 mounted quickly, with the next thousand deaths happening just 49 days later.
Arkansas topped 3,000 deaths after only another 42 days, then took less than a month to reach 4,000 deaths on January 9 of this year. Now, just 26 days later, the state has topped 5,000.
The ADH also reported 2,469 new cases for a total of 302,899 cases.
There are 16,992 active cases in the state. There are 813 hospitalized cases, which is down 69 from Wednesday, and 145 on ventilators up three from Wednesday.