Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 3,645 over past 7 days

Arkansas COVID-19 cases increased by 3,645 over the last seven days, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website update on Wednesday. The increase is down slightly from the 3,761 cases reported over the previous seven-day period.

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

There are 6,272 cases of COVID-19 considered active in the state, which includes those that have tested positive by both PCR and antigen testing methods. That numberis up from the 6,023 active cases reported the previous Tuesday.

In Northwest Arkansas, the ADH dashboard currently lists 459 active cases in Washington County and 425 in Benton County.

Hospitalizations were up by 32 this week, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 295.

State officials also announced 29 new deaths in the past week, bringing the total number of Arkansans who have died as a result of the pandemic to 12,667.

There are currently 17 patients on ventilators statewide, up 2 from last week.

There were 13,833 PCR tests and 9,460 antigen tests announced Tuesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 979,282.

The top counties for new cases over the last seven days were Pulaski (360), Washington (207) and Craighead (187). 

Arkansas is averaging 17 cases per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks. According to the New York Times COVID-19 tracker, cases in the state are roughly flat over the last 14 days.

The state announced that 12,206 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.