Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 case increase by 4,637 Tuesday


New COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 4,637 on Tuesday, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

Hospitalizations were down by four, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 1,711.

State officials also announced 39 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in the state as a result of the pandemic to 9,667.

There are currently 242 patients on ventilators statewide, down eight from the previous day.

There are 57,392 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 from the almost 90,000 active cases reported last Tuesday.

The ADH dashboard currently lists 4,278 active cases in Washington County and 5,160 in Benton County.

There were 4,463 PCR tests and 4,725 antigen tests announced Wednesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 781,396.

The top counties for new cases on Tuesday were Pulaski (476), Benton (344), and Washington (296).

Arkansas is averaging 4,983 new cases per day, or 165 per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks. According to the New York Times COVID-19 tracker, cases in the state are down by 44 percent over the last 14 days.

The state announced that 3,988 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 3,885,853. The state lists 372,095 people as partially immunized, and 1,546,075 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.