Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 2,838 Wednesday, state announces 15 new deaths

The Arkansas Department of Health announced that COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 2,828 on Wednesday.

Hospitalizations were down by 18, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 1,232.

There are currently 260 patients in the state on ventilators, unchanged since Tuesday.

The state also announced 15 new deaths on Wednesday, bringing the total number of deaths in the state as a result of the pandemic to 6,230.

There are currently 20,559 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 1,615 active cases in Washington County and 1,482 in Benton County.

There were 7,655 PCR tests and 2,870 antigen tests announced Wednesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 394,461 since the pandemic began.

The state announced that 11,156 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 2,397,832. The state lists 321,617 as partially immunized, and 1,080,557 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 47th with just 37% of the population being reported as fully vaccinated.

Arkansas is averaging 2,105 new cases per day, or 70 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 80% over the last 14 days.

By comparison, Vermont – who has at least partially vaccinated nearly 75% of its population – is only reporting about 46 new cases per day, or seven 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 Wednesday were Pulaski (357), Washington (291), and Benton (193).