Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 3,761 over past 7 days

Arkansas COVID-19 cases increased by 3,761 over the last seven days, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website update on Tuesday. The increase is up from the 3,646 cases reported over the previous seven-day period.

This week's count averages to about 537 new cases per day in the state, up from 520 the previous week.

There are 6,023 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 from the 5,090 active cases reported the previous Tuesday.

In Northwest Arkansas, the ADH dashboard currently lists 459 active cases in Washington County and 469 in Benton County.

Hospitalizations were up by 23 this week, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 263.

State officials also announced 44 new deaths in the past week, bringing the total number of Arkansans who have died as a result of the pandemic to 12,638.

There are currently 15 patients on ventilators statewide, down 3 from last week.

There were 14,181 PCR tests and 11,491 antigen tests announced Tuesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 975,637.

The top counties for new cases over the last seven days were Pulaski (468), Benton (294), and Washington (293).  

Arkansas is averaging 18 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 69% over the last 14 days.

The state announced that 11,562 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.