May 26, 2022 - COVID

Arkansas' COVID-19 cases on the rise again

Change in reported COVID-19 cases per 100k people in the last two weeks
Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

There's now an average of more than 105,000 new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. each day, according to the New York Times.

  • That's the most since February at the end of the Omicron wave.

Yes, but: The two-week change in cases per 100,000 residents has declined in six states.

Zoom in: Active cases are still on the rise in Arkansas, albeit at a slower rate than neighboring Missouri and Louisiana.

By the numbers: The Arkansas Department of Health reported 3,253 active cases Tuesday, up 726 compared to the week before — a 29% increase in raw case numbers.

  • Benton County had 282 active cases, and Washington County had 369 as of Tuesday, according to the department.
  • Hospitalizations due to COVID were above 70 on Monday for the first time in more than a month, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

Threat level: The rise in cases comes just before Memorial Day weekend, when many people travel or gather for the unofficial start of summer.

Of note: About 56% of Arkansans over age 5 are fully vaccinated.

💭 Our thought bubble: Unfortunately, Washington, D.C., had the largest two-week change in cases, and both Alex and Worth were there last week. Eek!

Go deeper: Axios' COVID-19 dashboard

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