Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 2,620 Tuesday

The Arkansas Department of Health announced that COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 2,620 on Tuesday.

Hospitalizations were up by 59, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 1,435.

There are currently 294 patients in the state on ventilators, up eight since Monday.

The state also announced 24 new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths in the state as a result of the pandemic to 6,346.

There are currently 23,377 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 1,816 active cases in Washington County and 1,681 in Benton County.

There were 6,169 PCR tests and 3,782 antigen tests announced Tuesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 407,892 since the pandemic began.

The state announced that 11,466 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 2,458,039. The state lists 341,886 as partially immunized, and 1,101,327 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 46th with just 38% of the population being reported as fully vaccinated.

Arkansas is averaging 2,324 new cases per day, or 77 per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks. The state is currently ranked fourth worst among states in the per 100,000 category over that time, according to the Times. Cases in the state are up 48% over the last 14 days.

By comparison, Vermont - who has at least partially vaccinated nearly 75% of its population - is only reporting about 84 new cases per day, or 13 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 Tuesday were Pulaski (356), Benton (225), and Washington (154).