Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 673 Thursday

The Arkansas Department of Health announced that COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 673 on Thursday.

State officals also announced 22 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in the state as a result of the pandemic to 8,547.

Hospitalizations were up by three, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 299.

There are currently 59 patients in the state on ventilators, down seven from the day previous.

There are 4,784 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 315 active cases in Washington County and 477 in Benton County.

There were 5,947 PCR tests and 1,263 antigen tests announced Thursday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 518,348 since the pandemic began.

The top counties for new cases on Thursday were Benton (73), Washington (65), and Pulaski (42).

Fayetteville Public Schools are reporting COVID-19 cases in their district as well. The school dashboard on Thursday, Nov. 11 showed two new positive cases, for a total of seven positive cases currently active in the district. There are eighteen students currently in quarantine, and four of those are quarantining due to probable close contact at school. The district announced one new positive cases among staff, for a total of one active positive staff cases. Three staff members are currently in quarantine or isolation, according to the district’s dashboard.

Arkansas is averaging 483 new cases per day, or 16 per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks. According to the New York Times COVID-19 tracker, cases in the state are up by 11% over the last 14 days.

The state announced that 13,399 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 4,248,690. The state lists 297,861 as partially immunized, and 1,416,408 individuals as fully immunized. The FDA recently 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 from 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals, officials announced.

The CDC recently announced a recommendation for a booster shot for those who received the Pfizer vaccine who are over 65 years of age, those with pre-existing medical conditions, and for individuals with occupations (teachers, health care workers, grocer workers, etc) that put them in close contact with the public. Here’s more info on that.

The CDC also authorized booster shots for those who received the J&J vaccine and the Moderna vaccine. Any one 18 or over that received the J&J vaccine more than 2 months ago is eligible for a booster.

Moderna boosters are now available to the same group eligible for the Pfizer boosters, including individuals over 65 years of age, those with certain health conditions, and individuals that work in high risk settings. Here’s more info on boosters.

The CDC recently authorized vaccines for children aged 5-11 as well. Here’s more info about those.

All Arkansans ages 5 and older are currently eligible for a vaccine. Those who need assistance locating a vaccine can call 1-800-985-6030.