Arkansas COVID-19 cases increased by 1,946 over the last seven days, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website update on Tuesday. The increase is up slightly from the 1,872 cases reported over the previous seven-day period.
This week's count averages to about 278 new cases per day in the state, up from 267 the previous week.
There are 2,998 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 a bit from the 2,924 active cases reported the previous Tuesday.
In Northwest Arkansas, the ADH dashboard currently lists 204 active cases in Washington County and 167 in Benton County.
Hospitalizations were down by 19 this week, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 135.
State officials also announced 53 new deaths in the past week, bringing the total number of Arkansans who have died as a result of the pandemic to 12,439.
There are currently 9 patients on ventilators statewide, up 6 from the last week.
There were 11,546 PCR tests and 7,128 antigen tests announced Tuesday.
The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 958,370.
The top counties for new cases over the last seven days were Pulaski (256), Washington (136), and Craighead (124).
Arkansas is averaging 9 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 7% over the last 14 days.
The state announced that 21,615 doses of the vaccine were given over the past 7 days.
All Arkansans ages 6 months and older are currently eligible for a vaccine. New bivalent vaccines targeting the original strain of the virus and omicron strains is also now available in Arkansas. Those who need assistance locating a vaccine can call 1-800-985-6030.