Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 4,351 over past 7 days

Arkansas COVID-19 cases increased by 4,351 over the last seven days, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website update on Tuesday. The increase is up from the 3,562 cases reported over the previous seven-day period.

This week's count averages to about 621 new cases per day in the state, up from from 508 the previous week.

There are 7,136 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 5,049 active cases reported the previous Tuesday.

In Northwest Arkansas, the ADH dashboard currently lists 477 active cases in Washington County and 567 in Benton County.

Hospitalizations were up by 51 over that same period, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 186.

State officials also announced 19 new deaths in the past week, bringing the total number of Arkansans who have died as a result of the pandemic to 11,527.

There are currently 8 patients on ventilators statewide, up 4 over the last week.

There were 18,828 PCR tests and 11,711 antigen tests announced Tuesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 851,275.

The top counties for new cases over the last seven days were Pulaski (896), Benton (320), and Washington (287).

Arkansas is averaging 21 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 94% over the last 14 days.

The state announced 8,658 vaccine doses were given over the last seven days.

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.