The Arkansas Department of Health on Thursday reported 2,453 new COVID-19 cases in the state.

Active cases in the state heading into the weekend totaled 23,077, an increase of 263 from Wednesday.

Thirty-four more deaths were attributed to COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 7,003 since the pandemic began last year.

There were 1,290 hospitalizations in the state as of Thursday, a decrease of 23 patients from the day before, and 355 of those patients were on ventilators.

The department of health reported 655 active COVID-19 cases among Greene County residents as of Thursday, and a total of 97 deaths due to the virus. There have been 8,566 total COVID-19 cases reported in Greene County since last year.

Current active cases among residents in other Northeast Arkansas counties are: Clay, 167; Craighead, 1,230; Crittenden, 367; Cross, 152; Jackson, 120; Lawrence, 185; Mississippi, 351; Poinsett, 281; and Randolph, 180.

The counties with the largest number of new cases reported Thursday were Pulaski with 229, Benton with 200, and Washington with 183.

Statewide COVID-19 vaccinations continue to rise, but President Joe Biden’s plans to start delivery of booster shots by Sept. 20 for most Americans who received the COVID-19 vaccines are facing new complications that could delay the availability of third doses for those who received the Moderna vaccine.

Biden announced last month that his administration was planning for boosters to be available for all Americans who received the mRNA vaccines in an effort to provide more enduring protection against the coronavirus, pending approvals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

Those agencies, though, are awaiting data before signing off on the third doses, making it likely the boosters will be delayed until October.

Most of the 206 million Americans at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19 received the Pfizer shot, but about 80 million received the Moderna vaccine, according to CDC data.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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