Arkansas COVID-19 cases increased by 6,810 over the last seven days, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website update on Tuesday. The increase is up from the 6,073 cases reported over the previous seven-day period.
This week’s count averages to about 973 new cases per day in the state, up from 867 the previous week.
There are 11,232 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 10,678 active cases reported the previous Tuesday.
In Northwest Arkansas, the ADH dashboard currently lists 917 active cases in Washington County and 699 in Benton County.
After five weeks of declining numbers, Hospitalizations were up by 15 this week, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 318.
State officials also announced 40 new deaths in the past week, bringing the total number of Arkansans who have died as a result of the pandemic to 11,910.
There are currently 12 patients on ventilators statewide, down three from the last week.
There were 19,482 PCR tests and 13,796 antigen tests announced Tuesday.
The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 931,469.
The top counties for new cases over the last seven days were Pulaski (779), Washington (592), and Benton (440).
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 5% over the last 14 days.
The state announced that 7,631 doses of the vaccine were given over the past 7 days.
All Arkansans ages 6 months and older are currently eligible for a vaccine. Those who need assistance locating a vaccine can call 1-800-985-6030.