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— The Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK — The number of newly reported coronavirus cases and the number of hospitalizations of those with COVID-19 declined sharply on Sunday, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

State officials reported 874 newly confirmed or probable cases, almost 1,000 fewer than Saturday but raising to 133,040 the total cases since the pandemic struck the state in March.

The actual number of cases in Arkansas is likely higher because many people have not been tested and people can carry the virus but not feel sick.

Active cases fell by 22 to 16,531, but hospitalizations rose by 22 to 830. Twenty-four new deaths boosted the Arkansas pandemic death toll to 2,183.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and a cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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