Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 1,685 Tuesday, active cases continue decline

New COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 1,685 on Tuesday, as active cases and hospitalizations continued to decline in Arkansas and across much of the United States.

Hospitalizations fell by 32, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 1,050, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

State officials also announced 44 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in the state as a result of the pandemic to 10,141.

There are currently 157 patients on ventilators statewide, down 32 from the previous day.

There are 14,552 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 a little less than half the more than 30,000 active cases reported last Tuesday.

The ADH dashboard currently lists 1,078 active cases in Washington County and 1,128 in Benton County.

There were 2,697 PCR tests and 2,318 antigen tests announced Tuesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 809,396.

The top counties for new cases on Tuesday were Pulaski (229), Washington (117) and Benton (102).

Arkansas is averaging 1,806 new cases per day, or 60 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 64 percent over the last 14 days.

The state announced that 3,846 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 3,924,067. The state lists 370,780 people as partially immunized, and 1,558,916 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.