Arkansas saw a sharp uptick in daily COVID-19 vaccine doses administered Tuesday, as active cases of the illness in the state approached 20,000.
The Arkansas Department of Health recorded 30,756 new doses between Monday and Tuesday, the third-most on any day and the most since April 9.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he is pleased that the demand for vaccines has increased at his weekly press briefing Tuesday. Robert Ator, whom Hutchinson appointed to oversee vaccine administration, told the governor the state will have to order new vaccines, Hutchinson said.
“Thank you Arkansans, for doing more research, talking to your physicians, getting information, trusting sources and making that decision that helps us all,” Hutchinson said.
Hutchinson also presented a slide from the Arkansas Department of Health showing the breakdown of cases, hospitalizations and deaths between vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Since Jan. 1, unvaccinated individuals have accounted for more than 95% of cases, nearly 95% of hospitalizations and over 97% of deaths in Arkansas.
“That tells the story of the added protection that comes with the vaccine,” Hutchinson said.
With Tuesday’s vaccination surge, 41.4% of Arkansans aged 12 and older are now fully vaccinated, according to ADH data. An additional 12% are partially immunized.
The ADH reported 2,343 new cases Tuesday, up from 844 new cases Monday. It was the fifth day in the previous 11 days with more than 2,000 new cases reported. The state’s cumulative case total was 391,623 Tuesday.
Active cases rose to 19,499 Tuesday, up 577 in a day and 4,008 in a week, according to the ADH. Active cases in the state are on track to reach 20,000 for the first time since Jan. 22.
Hospitalizations reached 1,250 Tuesday, up 30 in a day and 225 in a week, according to the ADH. There were 260 Arkansan patients on ventilators, the second-highest number ever. That number rose by 10 in a day and 55 in a week.
The ADH reported 16 new deaths Tuesday, surpassing the double-digit threshold for the ninth consecutive day. The death toll reached 6,215, up 128 from July 27.
Washington and Benton counties were two of the three Arkansas counties with the most new cases Tuesday. Washington recorded 189 new cases Tuesday and 1,103 in the preceding week, while Benton added 119 Tuesday and 1,002 in the prior seven days. Benton had 1,426 active cases, while Washington had 1,442.
The UA COVID-19 Dashboard reported 13 active cases, four students and nine staff members, for the week of July 26, up one from the week of July 19.
Of the 40,882 recorded tests performed on campus since Aug. 10, a total of 1,434 have been positive, for a cumulative positivity rate of 3.5%.