FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Department of Health announced that COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 1,092 on Wednesday.
The state also announced 26 new deaths as a result of the virus, bringing the toll in the state to 5,174 since the pandemic began.
Hospitalizations were down 40, bringing the total number of Arkansans hospitalized with the virus to 735. There are 138 Arkansans on ventilators, up 1 from yesterday.
There are currently 14,190 cases of COVID-19 considered active in the state, which includes those that have tested positive by both PCR and antigen testing methods. Active cases and hospitalizations have trended downward for the last several weeks.
The state reported 7,790 new PCR tests on Wednesday, along with 2,207 new antigen tests.
The new cases bring the total cumulative count in Arkansas to 309,940 since the pandemic began.
The state announced it has vaccinated 12,483 Arkansans since last count yesterday, bringing the total number of doses given in the state to 404,695. In addition, a federal program to vaccinate long-term care residents resulted in an additional 274 people vaccinated in the state.
The state began vaccinating the 1-B priority group on Jan. 18, which includes individuals over 70 years of age, and workers in education including higher ed, K-12, and daycare. Local pharmacies, including Collier Drug, Medical Arts Pharmacy, and Heartland Pharmacy in Fayetteville will vaccinate those in the 70 and older group, and some education workers. Others will be vaccinated through mass clinics organized by their employers.