Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 637 Monday

The Arkansas Department of Health announced that COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 637 on Monday.

The state also announced 30 new deaths as a result of the virus, bringing the toll in the state to 5,050 since the pandemic began.

Hospitalizations were down 4, bringing the total number of Arkansans hospitalized with the virus to 777. There are 142 Arkansans on ventilators, up 16 from yesterday.

There are currently 15,230 cases of COVID-19 considered active in the state, which includes those that have tested positive by both PCR and antigen testing methods. Active cases and hospitalizations have trended downward for the last several weeks.

The state reported 6,139 new PCR tests on Monday, along with 573 new antigen tests.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 307,373 since the pandemic began.

The state announced it has vaccinated 1,946 Arkansans since last count yesterday, bringing the total number of doses given in the state to 351,485. In addition, a federal program to vaccinate long-term care residents resulted in an additional 496 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 Washington County 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.

For the first time we can remember, Washington County wasn’t listed in the top five counties for new cases on Monday. Those were Pulaski (125), Benton (52), Garland (45), Lonoke (36), and Sebastian (33).

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