Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 4,509 over last 7 days

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

According to the weekly report, new virus cases increased by 4,509 over the last seven days. That's an average of about 644 cases per day.

Hospitalizations fell by 216 over that same period, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 449.

State officials also announced 274 new deaths in the past week, bringing the total number of Arkansans who have died as a result of the pandemic to 10,579.

There are currently 80 patients on ventilators statewide, down 22 over the last week.

There are 4,887 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 8,970 active cases reported last Tuesday.

In Northwest Arkansas, the ADH dashboard currently lists 390 active cases in Washington County and 443 in Benton County.

There were 21,762 PCR tests and 9,115 antigen tests announced Tuesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 820,677.

The top counties for new cases over the last seven days were Pulaski (437), Craighead (362) and Washington (349).

Arkansas is averaging 21 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 60 percent over the last 14 days.

The state announced that 10,168 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 3,950,867. The state lists 370,959 people as partially immunized, and 1,567,317 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.