Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 543 Monday, hospitalizations up 106 over the weekend

The Arkansas Department of Health announced that COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 542 on Monday. The state also today announced increases of 579 new cases on Sunday, and 1430 on Saturday.

Hospitalizations were up by 79 on Monday, for a total of 106 new hospitalizations recorded since Friday. There are currently 129 patients in the state on ventilators, up 10 from the day prior.

The state also announced 12 new deaths on Monday, bringing the total number of deaths in the state as a result of the pandemic to 6,007.

There are currently 10,505 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 up more than 6.5 times the amount reported June 7, when active cases dropped below 1,600 briefly. The ADH dashboard currently lists 626 active cases in Washington County and 733 in Benton County.

There were 1,646 PCR tests and 261 antigen tests announced Monday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 365,132 since the pandemic began.

The state announced that 2,645 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 2,228,825. The state lists 250,021 as partially immunized, and 1,028,950 individuals as fully immunized.

Arkansas continues to lag behind the rest of the country in vaccinations. According to the New York Times vaccine tracker, Arkansas is ranked 48th with just 35% of the population being reported as fully vaccinated.

Arkansas is averaging 1,017 cases per day, or 34 per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks. The state is currently ranked worst among states in the per 100,000 category over that time, according to the Times. Cases in the state are up 114% over the last 14 days.

By comparison, Vermont - who has at least partially vaccinated nearly 75% of its population - is only reporting about 12 new cases per day, or two for every 100,000 residents.

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 (118), Washington (35) and Saline (34).