Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 10,542 over past 7 days

Arkansas COVID-19 cases increased by 10,542 over the last seven days, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website update on Tuesday. The increase is up from the 6,249 cases reported over the previous seven-day period.

This week's count averages to about 1,506 new cases per day in the state, up from 892 the previous week.

There are 14,795 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 11,283 active cases reported the previous Tuesday.

In Northwest Arkansas, the ADH dashboard currently lists 991 active cases in Washington County and 838 in Benton County.

Hospitalizations were up by 64 over that same period, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 337.

State officials also announced 21 new deaths in the past week, bringing the total number of Arkansans who have died as a result of the pandemic to 11,610.

There are currently 13 patients on ventilators statewide, up 2 from the last week.

There were 22,062 PCR tests and 17,620 antigen tests announced Tuesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 879,614.

The top counties for new cases over the last seven days were Pulaski (1,713), Washington (683), and Benton (616).

Arkansas is averaging 50 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 62% over the last 14 days.

The state announced that 125,824 doses of the vaccine were given over the last week, most of which came from a recent data cleanup, officials said.

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.