Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 2,544 Friday, hospitalizations up by 32

The Arkansas Department of Health announced that COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 2,544 on Friday.

Hospitalizations were up by 32 on Friday, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 1,087. There are currently 219 patients in the state on ventilators.

The state also announced 13 new deaths on Friday, bringing the total number of deaths in the state as a result of the pandemic to 6,123.

There are currently 18,541 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 by more than 10 times the amount reported June 7, when active cases dropped below 1,600 briefly. The ADH dashboard currently lists 1,273 active cases in Washington County and 1,406 in Benton County.

There were 8,014 PCR tests and 2,381 antigen tests announced Friday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 385,113 since the pandemic began.

The state announced that 9,436 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 2,332,296. The state lists 302,110 as partially immunized, and 1,056,447 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 36% of the population being reported as fully vaccinated.

Arkansas is averaging 1,829 new cases per day, or 61 per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks. The state is currently ranked third worst among states in the per 100,000 category over that time, according to the Times. Cases in the state are up 144% over the last 14 days.

By comparison, Vermont - who has at least partially vaccinated nearly 75% of its population - is only reporting about 30 new cases per day, or five 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 Friday were Pulaski (447), Benton (225), and Washington (189).