Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 1,226 Monday, hospitalizations continue decline

The Arkansas Department of Health announced that COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 1,226 on Monday.

The state also announced 27 new deaths as a result of the virus, bringing the toll in the state to 4,895 since the pandemic began.

Of the new cases added Monday, 54 are from Washington County and 76 come from Benton County.

Hospitalizations were down 24, bringing the total number of Arkansans hospitalized with the virus to 889 and marking the lowest number since November. There are 146 Arkansans on ventilators, down two from yesterday.

There are currently 16,665 cases of COVID-19 considered active in the state, which includes those that have tested positive by both PCR and antigen testing methods.

Overall, active cases and hospitalizations have been generally on the decline recently.

The state reported 7,803 new PCR tests on Monday, along with 398 new antigen tests.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 296,494 since the pandemic began.

The state announced it has vaccinated 2,684 Arkansans since last count yesterday, bringing the total number of doses given in the state to 293,570. In addition, a federal program to vaccinate long-term care residents resulted in an additional 271 people vaccinated in the state.

The state began vaccinating the 1-B priority group on Jan. 18, which includes individuals over 70 years of age, and workers in education including higher ed, K-12, and daycare. Local pharmacies, including Collier Drug, Medical Arts Pharmacy, and Heartland Pharmacy in Fayetteville will vaccinate those in the 70 and older group, and some education workers. Others will be vaccinated through mass clinics organized by their employers.

Here are links/info for the waiting lists for pharmacies in NWA for the 1-A and early 1-B group:
» Collier Drug Stores – Email [email protected]
» Medical Arts Pharmacy – Visit this website
» Community Pharmacy – Visit this website
» Heartland Pharmacy – Visit this website

A list of other pharmacies around the state vaccinating right now is available here.

The top counties for new cases announced Monday were Pulaski (175), White (79), Benton (76), Washington (54), and Faulkner (53).

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