Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 5,032 over past 7 days

Arkansas COVID-19 cases increased by 5,032 over the last seven days, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website update on Tuesday. The increase is up from the 4,351 cases reported over the previous seven-day period.

This week's count averages to about 718 new cases per day in the state, up from from 621 the previous week.

There are 8,344 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 7,136 active cases reported the previous Tuesday.

In Northwest Arkansas, the ADH dashboard currently lists 518 active cases in Washington County and 580 in Benton County.

Hospitalizations were down by 8 over that same period, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 178.

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 11,550.

There are currently 15 patients on ventilators statewide, up 7 over the last week.

There were 19,248 PCR tests and 12,479 antigen tests announced Tuesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 856,307.

The top counties for new cases over the last seven days were Pulaski (878), Benton (343), and Washington (292).

Arkansas is averaging 23 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 23% over the last 14 days.

The state announced 8,206 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.