The Arkansas Department of Health reported 245 new COVID-19 cases on Monday.

There were 4,899 active cases in the state with 588 people hospitalized due to the virus.

Six also were added to the state total of COVID-19 deaths. That brought the statewide total to 5,363.

There has been a total of 315,759 COVID-19 cases in Arkansas since the pandemic began about a year ago, and 242,135 recoveries.

The counties with the most cases of COVID-19 on Monday were: Pulaski, 34; Garland, 21; Benton, 18; Pope, 16; and Sevier and White with 13 each.

In Greene County as of Monday 5,770 confirmed and probable cases had been reported.

There are 51 active COVID-19 cases in the county and there have been 74 deaths due to the virus.

“New and active cases continue to remain lower than we’ve seen in the past few weeks,” Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a statement released on Monday. “We’re distributing vaccine doses throughout the state and encourage those who are eligible to make sure they’re signed up. We expect vaccine and testing numbers to increase this week with clear roads across the state.”

On Sunday coronavirus cases in Arkansas rose by 284 and the death toll increased by nine.

Hutchinson visited a pharmacy in Bryant on Sunday to discuss vaccine distribution. He had urged vaccine providers on Friday to schedule extra hours over the weekend to make up for a slowdown because of last week’s snowstorms.

The ADH reported that more than 9,500 vaccine doses were given on Sunday.

More than 515,000 vaccine doses have been given in Arkansas.

The seven-day rolling average of new Arkansas cases has fallen during the past two weeks, from 1,737 per day to 443.6, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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