Case update: State moves to weekly COVID-19 update, cases up 6,772 over last 7 days

The Arkansas Department of Health moved to a weekly COVID-19 update instead of daily reports, officials announced this week.

According to the new weekly report, new virus cases increased by 6,772 over the last seven days. That's an average of about 967 cases per day.

Hospitalizations fell by 385 over that same period, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 665.

State officials also announced 164 new deaths in the past week, bringing the total number of Arkansans who have died as a result of the pandemic to 10,305.

There are currently 102 patients on ventilators statewide, down 55 over the last week.

There are 8,970 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 14,552 active cases reported last Tuesday.

In Northwest Arkansas, the ADH dashboard currently lists 741 active cases in Washington County and 756 in Benton County.

There were 28,028 PCR tests and 12,692 antigen tests announced Tuesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 816,168.

The top counties for new cases over the last seven days were Pulaski (750), Benton (525), and Washington (469).

Arkansas is averaging 967 new cases per day, or 32 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 59 percent over the last 14 days.

The state announced that 16,632 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 3,940,699. The state lists 370,746 people as partially immunized, and 1,564,201 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.