Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 276 Monday, active cases back over 3,000

The Arkansas Department of Health announced that COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 276 on Monday.

Hospitalizations decreased by 11, bringing the total number of Arkansans hospitalized to 314. There are 63 patients on ventilators, down two from the day prior.

The state also announced three new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in the state as a result of the pandemic to 5,897.

Cases were also high over the weekend, with 392 cases recorded on Saturday, and 298 new cases reported on Sunday.

There are currently 3,169 cases of COVID-19 considered active in the state, which includes those that have tested positive by both PCR and antigen testing methods. This number is again on the rise after dropping to below 1,600 on June 7. The ADH dashboard currently lists 163 active cases in Washington County and 177 in Benton County.

There were 1,250 PCR tests and 115 antigen tests announced Monday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 348,220 since the pandemic began.

The state announced that 1,454 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 2,119,728. The state lists 219,546 as partially immunized, and 987,162 individuals as fully immunized.

Arkansas continues to lag behind the rest of the country in vaccinations. According to the NY Times, Arkansas is ranked 48th among 50 states with just 34% of the population fully vaccinated.

The state is also third worst among states in new cases per-capita over the last 14 days according to the NY Times. Cases in the state are up 61% over the last 14 days, and only Nevada has fared worse among states in that category over that time period.

By comparison, Vermont - which has at least partially vaccinated 75% of its population - is only reporting about 5 new cases per day, or less than 1 person for every 100,000 residents. Case counts for that state continue to decline, and have fallen 31% over the last 14 days according to the New York Times.

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

Those who need assistance locating a vaccine can call 1-800-985-6030.

The top counties for new cases on Monday were Pulaski (73), Jefferson (25) and Saline (20).