Case update: Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 2,990 over past 7 days

Arkansas COVID-19 cases increased by 2,990 over the last seven days, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website update on Tuesday. The increase is down slightly from the 3,645 cases reported over the previous seven-day period.

This week's count averages to about 427 new cases per day in the state, down from 520 the previous week.

There are 5,565 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 6,272 active cases reported the previous Tuesday.

In Northwest Arkansas, the ADH dashboard currently lists 441 active cases in Washington County and 350 in Benton County.

Hospitalizations were up by 10 this week, bringing the total number of patients hospitalized in the state to 305.

State officials also announced 15 new deaths in the past week, bringing the total number of Arkansans who have died as a result of the pandemic to 12,692.

There are currently 10 patients on ventilators statewide, down 7 from last week.

There were 11,239 PCR tests and 6,799 antigen tests announced Tuesday.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 982,272.

The top counties for new cases over the last seven days were Pulaski (402), Washington (244) and Craighead (205). 

Arkansas is averaging 14 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 20% 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.