Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 2,467 Wednesday, deaths up 65

The Arkansas Department of Health announced that COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 2,467 on Wednesday.

The state announced 65 new deaths as a result of COVID-19, bringing the toll in the state to 4,186 since the pandemic began.

Of the new cases added Wednesday, 269 are from Washington County and 284 come from Benton County.

Hospitalizations increased by 8 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of Arkansans hospitalized with the virus to 1,362. There are 255 Arkansans on ventilators, up 4 from yesterday.

There are currently 25,095 cases of COVID-19 considered active in the state, which includes those that have tested positive by both PCR and antigen testing methods.

The state reported 8,581 new PCR tests on Wednesday, along with 4,778 new antigen tests.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 262,020 since the pandemic began.

The state announced it has vaccinated 13,208 Arkansans since last count yesterday, bringing the total number of doses given in the state to 102,657. The state is still vaccinating the 1-A priority group which includes health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. Local pharmacies, including Collier Drug, Medical Arts Pharmacy, and Heartland Pharmacy in Fayetteville are taking appointments for the 1-B priority group now. Here’s info on how to get on on those wait lists.

The top counties for new cases announced Wednesday were Pulaski (378), Benton (284), Washington (269), Sebastian (152) and Faulkner (108).

Case report – Wednesday, Jan. 13

Vaccine update – Wednesday, Jan. 13