Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 224 Wednesday

The Arkansas Department of Health announced that COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 224 on Wednesday.

The state announced seven new deaths as a result of the virus, bringing the total number of deaths in the state as a result of the pandemic to 5,777.

Hospitalizations were even, keeping the total number of Arkansans hospitalized in the state at 169. There are 42 patients on ventilators, down two from yesterday.

There are currently 2,038 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 177 active cases in Washington County, and 251 in Benton County.

There were 2,231 PCR tests conducted in the state, and 622 antigen tests.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 338,043 since the pandemic began.

The state announced that 9,135 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered since last count yesterday, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 1,832,076. The state lists 246,104 individuals as partially immunized, and 822,457 individuals as fully immunized.

All Arkansans 12 and older are currently eligible for a vaccine.

If you need assistance locating a vaccine, you can call 1-800-985-6030.

The top counties for new cases on Monday were Pulaski (44), Benton (34) and Saline (20).