Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 6,516 over past 7 days

Arkansas COVID-19 cases increased by 6,516 over the last seven days, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website update on Tuesday. The increase is up from the 5,032 cases reported over the previous seven-day period.

This week's count averages to about 930 new cases per day in the state, up from from 718 the previous week.

There are 10,183 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 8,344 active cases reported the previous Tuesday.

In Northwest Arkansas, the ADH dashboard currently lists 694 active cases in Washington County and 654 in Benton County.

Hospitalizations were up by 33 over that same period, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 211.

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 11,574.

There are currently 10 patients on ventilators statewide, down 5 over the last week.

There were 20,849 PCR tests and 14,531 antigen tests announced Tuesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 862,834.

The top counties for new cases over the last seven days were Pulaski (1,049), Washington (491), and Benton (417).

Arkansas is averaging 31 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 50% over the last 14 days.

Vaccine data was delayed and not available this week, though ADH officials said it would be available on the dashboard sometime today.

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.