Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 7,943 Tuesday

The Arkansas Department of Health announced that new COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 7,943 on Tuesday.

Hospitalizations were down by 32, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 1,785.

State officials also announced 24 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in the state as a result of the pandemic to 9,556.

There are currently 233 patients in the state on ventilators, up 18 from the day previous.

There are 89,572 cases of COVID-19 considered active in the state, which includes those that have tested positive by both PCR and antigen testing methods. That number is down for more than 100,000 active cases over the weekend.

The ADH dashboard currently lists 7,029 active cases in Washington County and 7,215 in Benton County.

There were 8,273 PCR tests and 4,652 antigen tests announced Wednesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 749,824.

The top counties for new cases on Tuesday were Pulaski (895), Benton (749), and Washington (712).

Arkansas is averaging 8,158 new cases per day, or 270 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 20 percent over the last 14 days.

The state announced that 6,047 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 3,858,993. The state lists 372,424 as partially immunized, and 1,538,072 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.