Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 782 Tuesday

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that the number of COVID-19 cases reported in Arkansas increased by 782 on Tuesday.

The governor announced 15 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in the state as a result of the pandemic to 8,880.

Hospitalizations were up by eight, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 518.

There are currently 102 patients in the state on ventilators, down one from the day previous.

There are 7,323 cases of COVID-19 considered active in the state, which includes those that have tested positive by both PCR and antigen testing methods.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 539,483 since the pandemic began.

Fayetteville Public Schools on Monday, Dec. 13 showed four new positive cases, for a total of 17 positive cases currently active in the district. There are 51 students currently in quarantine, and 12 of those are quarantining due to probable close contact at school. The district announced two new positive case among staff, for a total of four active positive staff cases. Three staff members are currently in quarantine or isolation, according to the district's dashboard.

Arkansas is averaging 720 new cases per day, or 24 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 50% over the last 14 days.

The state announced that 15,759 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 3,567,574. The state lists 337,862 as partially immunized, and 1,478,547 individuals as fully immunized.

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.