Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 870 over last 7 days

Arkansas COVID-19 cases increased by 870 over the last seven days, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website update on Tuesday. The increase is down slightly from the 886 cases reported over the previous seven-day period.

This week's count averages to about 124 new cases per day in the state, down from from 126 the previous week.

There are 1,511 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 1,316 active cases reported the previous Tuesday.

In Northwest Arkansas, the ADH dashboard currently lists 147 active cases in Washington County and 140 in Benton County.

Hospitalizations were down by six over that same period, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 41.

State officials also announced 23 new deaths in the past week, bringing the total number of Arkansans who have died as a result of the pandemic to 11,398.

There are currently 13 patients on ventilators statewide, up three over the last week.

There were 11,573 tests and 6,620 antigen tests announced Tuesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 836,117.

The top counties for new cases over the last seven days were Pulaski (166), Benton (103), and Washington (91).

Arkansas is averaging four 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 61% over the last 14 days.

The state announced that 13,649 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 4,057,658. The state lists 375,228 people as partially immunized, and 1,588,911 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.