Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 144 Friday

The Arkansas Department of Health announced that COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 144 on Friday.

The state also announced three new deaths as a result of the virus, bringing the toll in the state to 5,639 since the pandemic began.

Hospitalizations were down by seven, bringing the total number of Arkansans hospitalized in the state to 161. There are 26 patients on ventilators, which is unchanged from yesterday.

There are currently 1,684 cases of COVID-19 considered active in the state, which includes those that have tested positive by both PCR and antigen testing methods. The ADH dashboard currently lists 170 active cases of the virus in Washington County, and 186 active cases in Benton County.

The state reported 4,246 new PCR tests on Friday, along with 1,103 new antigen tests.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 330,753 since the pandemic began.

The top counties for new cases on Friday were Pulaski (21), Benton (13), and Greene (9).

Vaccine update

The state that 29,391 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered since last count yesterday, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 1,204,988. The state lists 351,887 individuals as partially immunized, and 442,758 individuals as fully immunized.

The governor this week announced that all Arkansans 16 and older are eligible for a vaccine.

Local pharmacies, including Collier Drug, Medical Arts Pharmacy, and Heartland Pharmacy in Fayetteville are working to vaccinate Arkansans now, as are several Walmart and Sam’s Club locations around the state.

Vaccination clinics are also taking place around the region, including at Washington Regional, Northwest Health, and Mercy in Springdale.

The NWA Council this week announced plans for weekly vaccine clinics in Washington and Benton Counties.

The Arkansas Department of Health will offer a drive-thru clinic administering J&J one-dose vaccines at the Washington County Health Unit on Tuesday, April 6 this week as well. Here’s more on that.

Here are links/info for the waiting lists for pharmacies in Washington County for the 1-A, 1-B, and 1-C eligible groups.
» Collier Drug Stores – Visit this website
» Medical Arts Pharmacy – Visit this website
» Community Pharmacy – Visit this website
» Heartland Pharmacy – Visit this website
» Walmart – Visit this website
» Sam’s Club – Visit this website Pharmacy

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

Here are some ADH vaccine clinics coming up around the state.