Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 5,897 over last 7 days

Arkansas COVID-19 cases increased by 5,897 over the last seven days, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website update on Tuesday. The increase is down from the 6,810 cases reported over the previous seven-day period.

This week’s count averages to about 842 new cases per day in the state, down from 973 the previous week.

There are 10,985 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 down from the 11,232 active cases reported the previous Tuesday.

In Northwest Arkansas, the ADH dashboard currently lists 805 active cases in Washington County and 604 in Benton County.

Hospitalizations were down by 37 this week, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 281.

State officials also announced 26 new deaths in the past week, bringing the total number of Arkansans who have died as a result of the pandemic to 11,936.

There are currently 12 patients on ventilators statewide, no change from the last week.

There were 14,783 PCR tests and 11,811 antigen tests announced Tuesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 937,356.

The top counties for new cases over the last seven days were Pulaski (712), Craighead (415), and Washington (405).

Arkansas is averaging 27 cases per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks. According to the New York Times COVID-19 tracker, cases in the state are down by 8% over the last 14 days.

The state announced that 3,913 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.