A year ago, on March 11, Gov. Asa Hutchinson declared a public health emergency in Arkansas when the state saw its first case of Covid-19. The pandemic changed the way we work, play, live and in too many cases, die.

In one year, more than 5,400 Arkansans died from the virus, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. The state’s virus cases rose Friday by 459 to a total of 326,499 cases since the pandemic began. Arkansas currently has 3,158 active cases. The number of deaths increased by 27 to 5,437.

The pandemic transformed nearly every aspect of our lives. We learned to adjust to a new way of life, social distancing, mask wearing, online learning, quarantines and working from home. We also developed a renewed sense of gratitude for “in-person” essential workers who are disproportionately vulnerable to the spread of the virus.

As the virus spread, scientists worked feverishly to develop Covid-19 vaccines. Those vaccines are now available to many Arkansans, though many are still not eligible.

“As we remember the one-year anniversary of the first Covid-19 case in Arkansas today, we look back at the challenges we’ve overcome,” Hutchinson said Thursday. “The past year has been difficult for each of us, but the vaccine gives us hope in our fight against this virus.”

Arkansas this week expanded the eligibility for coronavirus vaccines to another 180,000 people, making the shots available to manufacturing workers, employees of grocery stores and meal delivery services, postal and package services, essential government workers, those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, employees of the state Department of Correction, public transportation and houses of worship. People 65 years old and older, educators, and some segments of the food and agriculture industry were already eligible for the vaccinations.

“We have seen an increase of nearly 110,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses in the past week, and we anticipate this number to continue to climb,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday.

Covid-19 Cases in Southeast Arkansas

ASHLEY COUNTY

Total Cumulative Cases: 1,861
Confirmed Cases: 1,475
Probable Cases: 386

Total Active Cases: 19
Active Confirmed Cases: 12
Active Probable Cases: 7

Total Recovered Cases: 1,810
Recovered Confirmed Cases: 1,439
Recovered Probable Cases: 371

Total Deaths: 32
Confirmed Deaths: 24
Probable Deaths: 8

BRADLEY COUNTY

Total Cumulative Cases: 1,329
Confirmed Cases: 979
Probable Cases: 350

Total Active Cases: 9
Active Confirmed Cases: 5
Active Probable Cases: 4

Total Recovered Cases: 1,289
Recovered Confirmed Cases: 958
Recovered Probable Cases: 331

Total Deaths: 31
Confirmed Deaths: 16
Probable Deaths: 15

CHICOT COUNTY

Total Cumulative Cases: 1,600
Confirmed Cases: 1,458
Probable Cases: 142

Total Active Cases: 9
Active Confirmed Cases: 4
Active Probable Cases: 5

Total Recovered Cases: 1,553
Recovered Confirmed Cases: 1,418
Recovered Probable Cases: 135

Total Deaths: 38
Confirmed Deaths: 36
Probable Deaths: 2

CLEVELAND COUNTY

Total Cumulative Cases: 936
Confirmed Cases: 590
Probable Cases: 346

Total Active Cases: 8
Active Confirmed Cases: 4
Active Probable Cases: 4

Total Recovered Cases: 903
Recovered Confirmed Cases: 566
Recovered Probable Cases: 337

Total Deaths: 25
Confirmed Deaths: 20
Probable Deaths: 5

DESHA COUNTY

Total Cumulative Cases: 1,348
Confirmed Cases: 1,094
Probable Cases: 254

Total Active Cases: 15
Active Confirmed Cases: 13
Active Probable Cases: 2

Total Recovered Cases: 1,310
Recovered Confirmed Cases: 1,062
Recovered Probable Cases: 248

Total Deaths: 23
Confirmed Deaths: 19
Probable Deaths: 4

DREW COUNTY

Total Cumulative Cases: 1,963
Confirmed Cases: 1,552
Probable Cases: 411

Total Active Cases: 13
Active Confirmed Cases: 12
Active Probable Cases: 1

Total Recovered Cases: 1,911
Recovered Confirmed Cases: 1,509
Recovered Probable Cases: 402

Total Deaths: 38
Confirmed Deaths: 31
Probable Deaths: 7

LINCOLN COUNTY

Total Cumulative Cases: 3,169
Confirmed Cases: 2,811
Probable Cases: 358

Total Active Cases: 11
Active Confirmed Cases: 7
Active Probable Cases: 4

Total Recovered Cases: 3,113
Recovered Confirmed Cases: 2,772
Recovered Probable Cases: 341

Total Deaths: 45
Confirmed Deaths: 32
Probable Deaths: 13

Source: Arkansas Department of Health