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Arkansas COVID-19 cases increase by 212 Wednesday



FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Department of Health announced that COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 212 on Wednesday.

The state also announced 10 new deaths as a result of the virus, bringing the toll in the state to 5,626 since the pandemic began.

Hospitalizations were down by 4, bringing the total number of Arkansans hospitalized in the state to 166. There are 27 patients on ventilators, up two from yesterday.

There are currently 1,695 cases of COVID-19 considered active in the state, which includes those that have tested positive by both PCR and antigen testing methods. The ADH dashboard currently lists 172 active cases of the virus in Washington County, and 192 active cases in Benton County.

The state reported 5,767 new PCR tests on Wednesday, along with 1,120 new antigen tests.

The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 330,398 since the pandemic began.

The top counties for new cases on Wednesday were Benton (34), Pulaski (26), Washington (16), Faulkner (14), and Sebastian (13).

Vaccine update

The state announced it has vaccinated 20,080 Arkansans since last count yesterday, bringing the total number of doses given by the state to 1,010,188. In addition, a federal program to vaccinate at retail pharmacies resulted in an additional 4,537 people vaccinated in the state, bringing the total number of Arkansans vaccinated as part of their efforts to 132,704.

The governor this week announced that all Arkansans 16 and older are eligible for a vaccine.

Local pharmacies, including Collier Drug, Medical Arts Pharmacy, and Heartland Pharmacy in Fayetteville are working to vaccinate Arkansans now, as are several Walmart and Sam’s Club locations around the state.

Vaccination clinics are also taking place around the region, including at Washington Regional, Northwest Health, and Mercy in Springdale.