County records 20th COVID-19 death
By Scott Loftis
Twenty Carroll County residents have now died from COVID-19, the Arkansas Department of Health website said Monday morning — an increase of one over the past week.
The health department has reported eight Carroll County deaths over the past three weeks.
Nine residents at Autumn Hill Therapy and Living Center in Berryville have died from the virus, the ADH reported on Friday, Nov. 6. That number was unchanged from the ADH’s previous report on nursing home cases released three days earlier.
On Tuesday afternoon, the health department reported a cumulative total of 1,059 confirmed cases and 57 probable cases of COVID-19 in the county. That represents an increase of 50 confirmed cases and 10 probable cases in the past week. The health department said there were 69 active confirmed cases and 11 active probable cases in the county as of Tuesday afternoon — an increase of eight active confirmed cases and three active probable cases over the past week.
Confirmed cases are identified through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing while probable cases are based on less sensitive antigen testing.
Statewide, Arkansas saw its three highest single-day increases in new cases on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with 1,548 new cases on Thursday, 1,870 on Friday and 1,598 on Saturday.
At his weekly COVID update Tuesday afternoon in Little Rock, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced there were 1,424 new cases statewide in the previous 24 hours and hospitalizations reached a record-high of 810. The health department reported 12,874 active cases statewide, after the state topped 12,000 active cases for the first time on Saturday.
A total of 2,112 deaths — 1,934 confirmed and 178 probable — have been attributed to the virus in Arkansas.
“There’s not any, very little good news in today’s numbers,” Hutchinson said. “That’s probably not a surprise as we see what’s happening nationally and also it’s challenging to know what this means for the future. The numbers aren’t good, the trend is not good and we have a lot of work to do here in Arkansas and across the nation. We’re in for a very challenging time and we just have to remind ourselves every day as to the risk that is out there and the responsibility that we have.”
Berryville School District superintendent Owen Powell announced Tuesday that the middle school and high school “will be pivoting to virtual instruction” beginning Thursday and continuing through Friday, Nov. 20. After the Thanksgiving break, Powell said, the schools will return to on-site instruction beginning Monday, Nov. 30.
“This pivot is due to the number of staff members on these campuses who are COVID-19 positive or quarantined because of a person who is positive,” Powell said in an announcement posted to the school district’s Facebook page.
The ADH reported Monday that there had been 20 cumulative cases among faculty and staff in the Berryville School District, with 63 cumulative cases among students. The report said there were seven active cases in the Berryville schools.