Although at-home testing and asymptomatic infections make it hard to determine accurate COVID-19 case numbers, known active cases in Arkansa srose back above 1,000 this week after previously dropping to a number not seen since April 2020. Meanwhile, the state continues trailing the rest of the nation in vaccinations per capita.
Statewide, active COVID-19 cases rose to 1,009 Tuesday, up by 46 in a week, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. Cumulative cases increased by 556 in a week, for a total of 833,821.
The ADH reported a statewide COVID-19 death toll of 11,316 Tuesday, up 26 in a week.
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arkansas fell to 73 Tuesday, down by 30 in a week, according to the ADH. Statewide, 14 patients were on ventilators Tuesday, a decrease of eight from April 5.
State health officials had administered more than four million vaccine doses to Arkansans by Tuesday, according to the ADH, with 292,039 people partially immunized and more than 1.56 million people fully immunized. Officials administered 14,760 new doses — including third and booster doses — in a week.
The more than 1.56 million fully vaccinated Arkansans represent 55% of the state’s 5-and-up population. Seventy percent of Americans 5 and older have been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
Just under 80% of Arkansas’ vaccine supply — over 5 million doses — had been administered by Tuesday.
Washington County officials reported 110 active COVID-19 cases Tuesday. Benton County officials reported 89 active cases, according to the ADH. Those numbers rose by 37 and ten, respectively, in a week.
The numbers of active and cumulative COVID-19 cases on the UA campus are impossible to accurately track since Pat Walker Health Center officials stopped publicly reporting totals Feb. 21.