Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 6,249 over last 7 days

Arkansas COVID-19 cases increased by 6,249 over the last seven days, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website update on Tuesday. The increase is down slightly from the 6,516 cases reported over the previous seven-day period.

This week’s count averages to about 892 new cases per day in the state, down from from 930 the previous week.

There are 11,283 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 10,183 active cases reported the previous Tuesday.

In Northwest Arkansas, the ADH dashboard currently lists 870 active cases in Washington County and 796 in Benton County.

Hospitalizations were up by 62 over that same period, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 273.

State officials also announced 15 new deaths in the past week, bringing the total number of Arkansans who have died as a result of the pandemic to 11,589.

There are currently 11 patients on ventilators statewide, up 1 from the last week.

There were 18,975 PCR tests and 11,444 antigen tests announced Tuesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 869,072

The top counties for new cases over the last seven days were Pulaski (1,062), Washington (472), and Benton (401).

Arkansas is averaging 30 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 24% over the last 14 days.

The state announced that 4,301 doses of the vaccine were given over the last week.

All Arkansans ages 6 months old or and older are currently eligible for a vaccine. Those who need assistance locating a vaccine can call 1-800-985-6030.