Arkansas continues to see fewer COVID-19 cases and more people vaccinated against the virus.

A total of 1,251,601 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

Last Tuesday, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson expanded the vaccine eligibility to include everyone age 16 or older.

The Arkansas Department of Health also reports that 16.2 percent of individuals age 16 and over have been immunized in the Hospital Preparedness Region that includes Greene County. Another 12.4 percent of people 16 and older in that region have been partially immunized.

The Northeast Hospital Preparedness Region also includes the counties of: Craighead, Cross, Randolph, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, Cross, Crittenden, St. Francis, Lee, Monroe, Prairie, and Phillips.

Total COVID-19 cases in the state, since the pandemic began last year, were listed at 331,098 on Monday, an increase of 44 from Sunday, and there were 1,607 current active cases, a decrease of 125 from Sunday. Deaths statewide due to COVID-19 have totaled 5,648, an increase of five from Sunday.

Counties with the most new COVID-19 cases as of Monday included Pulaski with seven cases, and Lonoke and Mississippi counties with six each.

In Greene County, the Arkansas Department of Health has reported 6,024 total COVID-19 cases, and 30 currently active cases. There have been 75 total COVID-19-related deaths in Greene County.

“Today’s report shows another decrease in active cases and low new cases,” Hutchinson said in a prepared statement on Monday. “Even though yesterday was Easter, we still saw an increase of over 8,700 vaccine doses administered. We’re making progress, and it’s important we all do our part by getting vaccinated.”

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