County’s case count tops 2,000 with 30 deaths

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Carroll County reached a new mark Tuesday morning with a cumulative total of 2,006 COVID-19 cases, along with 30 total deaths — including two in the past week — attributed to the novel coronavirus.  

The increases come two weeks after the first shipment of vaccine arrived in the county on Dec. 18, with doses administered to healthcare workers at hospitals in Eureka Springs and Berryville.  

Statewide, the number of infections has reached more than 216,000 cases, while more than 3,500 Arkansans have reportedly died from complications related to the virus.   

Last week, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the next vaccine shipment should arrive in the state soon.  

“I get this question often: ‘When’s the next round coming in?’ ” Hutchinson said during his weekly press conference on Dec. 22. “On Friday, I expect to receive notice as to the next shipment on the Pfizer vaccine, and that should indicate how many doses and the timeline for receipt of that vaccine. That should be a recurring process that every Friday we will get notice as to what the shipment will be the next week.”  

According to data reported by the Arkansas Department of Health on Tuesday morning, Carroll County’s total number of cases include 1,773 lab-confirmed cases, along with 233 probable cases, an increase of 84 total cases and two deaths in the past seven days.  

To date, a total of 1,830 county residents are listed as “recovered,” and the state health department reported Tuesday there were 146 active cases remaining in the county.  

Statewide, ADH reports showed a total of 216,528 cases, including 181,178 confirmed and 35,350 probable cases, with 192,134 reported recoveries. The reported death toll stood at 3,537.  

“Our goal is to get our healthcare workers, our emergency responders and the staff and residents of our long-term care facilities vaccinated as soon as possible,” Hutchinson said, “and then we’ll move to additional priorities and onto the general public.”  

Tuesday morning’s statewide numbers showed an increase of 6.6 percent in total cases and 245 deaths in the past week, an average of 34.6 per day.  

“Everyone wants to know the answer to the question, ‘When will [the vaccine] get to me?’’’ Hutchinson said. “We know exactly where we are in terms of the first set of distribution, and there’ll be more decisions made as to how this flows into the future until it gets to the entire public. This is a massive distribution effort. It’s a lot of logistics.” 

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