Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 1,782 over past 7 days

Arkansas COVID-19 cases increased by 1,782 over the last seven days, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website update on Tuesday. The increase is down slightly from the 1,898 cases reported over the previous seven-day period.

This week's count averages to about 255 new cases per day in the state, down from 271 the previous week.

There are 2,951 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 up very slightly from the 2,888 active cases reported the previous Tuesday.

In Northwest Arkansas, the ADH dashboard currently lists 290 active cases in Washington County and 210 in Benton County.

Hospitalizations were down by 10 this week, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 145.

State officials also announced 14 new deaths in the past week, bringing the total number of Arkansans who have died as a result of the pandemic to 12,540.

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

There were 13,268 PCR tests and 8,289 antigen tests announced Tuesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 966,009.

The top counties for new cases over the last seven days were Pulaski (189), Washington (187), and Benton (145). 

Arkansas is averaging 8 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 15% over the last 14 days.

The state announced that 19,059 doses of the vaccine were given over the past seven 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.