Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 886 over last 7 days

Arkansas COVID-19 cases increased by 886 over the last seven days, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website update on Tuesday. This is up from the 540 cases reported over the previous seven 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 126 new cases per day in the state, up from 77 the previous week.

There are 1,316 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 up from the 995 active cases reported the previous Tuesday.

In Northwest Arkansas, the ADH dashboard currently lists 107 active cases in Washington County and 104 in Benton County.

Hospitalizations were up by one over that same period, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 47.

State officials also announced 21 new deaths in the past week, bringing the total number of Arkansans who have died as a result of the pandemic to 11,375.

There are currently 10 patients on ventilators statewide, down three over the last week.

There were 10,621 tests and 5,787 antigen tests announced Tuesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 835,247.

The top counties for new cases over the last seven days were Pulaski (155), Greene (114), and Benton (70).

Arkansas is averaging 4 cases per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks. According to the New York Times COVID-19 tracker, cases in the state are up by 40 percent over the last 14 days.

The state announced that 14,043 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 4,044,009. The state lists 374,438 people as partially immunized, and 1,586,622 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.