Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 2,965 Tuesday, active cases and hospitalizations continue decline

New COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 2,965 on Tuesday, as active cases and hospitalizations continued to decline in Arkansas and across much of the United States.

Hospitalizations fell by a record 118, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 1,359, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

State officials also announced 28 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in the state as a result of the pandemic to 9,895.

There are currently 196 patients on ventilators statewide, down 22 from the previous day.

There are 30,302 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 more than 57,000 active cases reported last Tuesday.

The ADH dashboard currently lists 2,458 active cases in Washington County and 2,560 in Benton County.

There were 2,902 PCR tests and 2,832 antigen tests announced Tuesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 798,036.

The top counties for new cases on Tuesday were Independence (322), Pulaski (320), and Benton (202).

Arkansas is averaging 2,616 new cases per day, or 87 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 68 percent over the last 14 days.

The state announced that 3,287 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 3,904,196. The state lists 371,371 people as partially immunized, and 1,552,002 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.