Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 986 Monday, state confirms 30 new deaths

The Arkansas Department of Health announced that COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 986 on Monday.

Hospitalizations were up by 42, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 1,411.

There are currently 349 patients in the state on ventilators, up 12.

The state also announced 30 new deaths on Monday, bringing the total number of deaths in the state as a result of the pandemic to 6,704.

There are currently 23,576 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 2,049 active cases in Washington County and 1,741 in Benton County.

There were 5,135 PCR tests and 311 antigen tests announced Monday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 436,242 since the pandemic began.

The top counties for new cases on Saturday were Pulaski (116), Washington (88), and Benton (74).

Fayetteville Public Schools have begun reporting COVID-19 cases in their district as well. The school dashboard on Monday showed 18 new positive cases, for a total of 75 positive cases currently active in the district. There are 199 students currently in quarantine, and 26 of those are quarantining due to probable close contact at school. The district announced five new positive cases among staff, for a total of 17 active positive staff cases. Twenty staff members are currently in quarantine or isolation, according to the district's dashboard.

Arkansas is averaging 2,226 new cases per day, or 74 per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks. The state is currently ranked 42nd among states in the per 100,000 category over that time, according to the New York Times COVID-19 tracker. Cases in the state are actually down by 3% over the last 14 days.

The state announced that 5,427 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 2,583,096. The state lists 350,263 as partially immunized, and 1,165,943 individuals as fully immunized. The FDA on Monday announced it had given full approval for the Pfizer vaccine for anyone 16 and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals, officials announced.

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.