Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 2,685 Wednesday

The Arkansas Department of Health announced that COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 2,685 on Wednesday

Hospitalizations were down by 38, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 1,372.

There are currently 326 patients in the state on ventilators, down two since Tuesday.

The state also announced 26 new deaths on Monday, bringing the total number of deaths in the state as a result of the pandemic to 6,565.

There are currently 23,788 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 2,000 active cases in Washington County and 1,807 in Benton County.

There were 7,549 PCR tests and 2,420 antigen tests announced Monday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 425,551 since the pandemic began.

The state announced that 10,415 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 2,547,439. The state lists 354,567 as partially immunized, and 1,140,557 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 45th with just 39% of the population being reported as fully vaccinated.

Arkansas is averaging 2,139 new cases per day, or 71 per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks. The state is currently ranked fifth worst among states in the per 100,000 category over that time, according to the Times. Cases in the state are up 10% over the last 14 days.

By comparison, Vermont - who has at least partially vaccinated nearly 75% of its population - is only reporting about 105 new cases per day, or 17 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 (347), Benton (238), and Washington (191).