Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 3,037 Friday

The Arkansas Department of Health announced that COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 3,037 on Friday.

Hospitalizations were down by 17, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 1,234.

There are currently 254 patients in the state on ventilators, down 9 since Thursday.

The state also announced 22 new deaths on Friday, bringing the total number of deaths in the state as a result of the pandemic to 6,269.

There are currently 22,716 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 1,836 active cases in Washington County and 1,623 in Benton County.

There were 10,505 PCR tests and 2,961 antigen tests announced Friday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 400,275 since the pandemic began.

The state announced that 12,160 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 2,421,677. The state lists 331,226 as partially immunized, and 1,087,964 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 2,166 new cases per day, or 72 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 56% over the last 14 days.

By comparison, Vermont - who has at least partially vaccinated nearly 75% of its population - is only reporting about 62 new cases per day, or 10 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 (320), Benton (269), and Washington (230).