Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 3,410 over last 7 days

Arkansas COVID-19 cases increased by 3,410 over the last seven days, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website update on Tuesday. This is a bit higher than the the 3,249 cases reported in the previous 7 day period.

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 487 new cases per day in the state, up a bit from 464 last week.

Hospitalizations fell by 98 over that same period, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 216.

State officials also announced 211 new deaths in the past week, bringing the total number of Arkansans who have died as a result of the pandemic to 10,971.

There are currently 39 patients on ventilators statewide, down 12 over the last week.

There are 1,810 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 2,709 active cases reported last Tuesday.

In Northwest Arkansas, the ADH dashboard currently lists 127 active cases in Washington County and 124 in Benton County.

There were 18,434 PCR tests and 8,069 antigen tests announced Tuesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 827,336.

The top counties for new cases over the last seven days were Garland (306), Pulaski (256), and Craighead (228).

Arkansas is averaging 16 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 24 percent over the last 14 days.

The state announced that 8,299 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 3,968,949. The state lists 370,778 people as partially immunized, and 1,573,311 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.