Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 3,562 over last 7 days

Arkansas COVID-19 cases increased by 3,562 over the last seven days, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website update on Tuesday. The increase is up from the 2,243 cases reported over the previous seven-day period.

This week's count averages to about 508 new cases per day in the state, up from from 320 the previous week.

There are 5,049 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 3,760 active cases reported the previous Tuesday.

In Northwest Arkansas, the ADH dashboard currently lists 407 active cases in Washington County and 422 in Benton County.

Hospitalizations were up by 59 over that same period, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 135.

State officials also announced 24 new deaths in the past week, bringing the total number of Arkansans who have died as a result of the pandemic to 11,508.

There are currently 4 patients on ventilators statewide, down 1 over the last week.

There were 14,515 PCR tests and 9,830 antigen tests announced Tuesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 846,924.

The top counties for new cases over the last seven days were Pulaski (714), Benton (327), and Washington (269).

Arkansas is averaging 17 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 667% over the last 14 days.

The state removed 12,884 vaccine doses from the totals this week due to a data cleanup, officials said on Twitter.

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.