Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 3,249 over last 7 days

Arkansas COVID-19 cases increased by 3,249 over the last seven days, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website update on Tuesday.

The state moved to a weekly report a few weeks ago instead of daily reports due in part to the rapid decline of cases recently. The last week's count averages to about 464 new cases per day in the state.

Hospitalizations fell by 135 over that same period, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 314.

State officials also announced 181 new deaths in the past week, bringing the total number of Arkansans who have died as a result of the pandemic to 10,760.

There are currently 51 patients on ventilators statewide, down 29 over the last week.

There are 2,709 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 4,887 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 15 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.