Four more deaths raise county’s total to 38

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Four more Carroll County residents have died from complications related to COVID-19 in the past week, bringing the county’s death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus to 38.

Statewide, data released by the Arkansas Department of Health on Tuesday showed the death toll has climbed to 4,650 since last week, an increase of 307 in the past seven days for an average of nearly 44 per day.

In Carroll County, the number of cases also continues to rise with 72 reported in the past week, bringing the cumulative total to 2,480 since the pandemic began. Of those, 114 are still classed as “active,” a significant reduction from last week’s total of 165. To date, there have been 2,328 cases classified as “recovered.”

Statewide, the number of active cases reported Tuesday morning stood at 17,792, with 1,084 requiring hospitalization. Of those, 336 are in intensive care, with 187 requiring the aid of a ventilator.

The total number of cases in Arkansas has risen to 284,702, including 228,410 lab-confirmed cases and 262,229 reported recoveries.

Looking at the big picture, said Gov. Asa Hutchinson in his weekly news conference on Jan. 19, the most recent numbers indicate an improving trend, even as the cost in lives continues to climb.

“We need to remember that that is a reflection of the cost of the COVID spread and ultimately where a certain percent of the cases leave,” Hutchinson said. “You can see that trend line is pointing downward and some of those will be backfilled a little bit, but that is good news. We have to be mindful that we’ve had some dips in the past and it surges up. We don’t want that to happen again.”

On the vaccination front, the state health department reported Tuesday that, as of Jan. 24, 221,602 doses have been administered of the state’s supply of 337,350, most given to healthcare workers at hospitals and long-term care facilities under Phase 1-A.

As for the federal dispersal of vaccines for long-term care facilities through pharmacies, the numbers aren’t quite as good, with 6,985 of 49,400 allotted doses — 14.1 percent — having been administered.

“That is the federal partnership that we don’t have as much control over that is lagging behind,” Hutchinson said. “But they have assured me that they have schedules with different long term care facilities to do the vaccination in the coming days and that that will be completed by the end of by the end of the month, which is what our goal was.”

The state is currently operating on the front end of Phase 1-B and has added state residents over the age of 70 and educators to the list of those who may receive vaccines.

The rest of Phase 1-B, which includes food/agricultural workers, firefighters and police not in 1-A, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, child care workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, and essential government workers, is still scheduled to begin next month. In total, Phase 1-B is expected to include more than 400,000 Arkansans. Phase 1-C is planned for April.

According to the ADH website, local pharmacies participating in the vaccine effort include Economy Drug in Berryville, Harps Pharmacy in Green Forest, Holiday Island Pharmacy, Poynor Drug in Berryville and Smith Drug & Company in Eureka Springs.

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  • sadly, understaffed places one can receive the Covid19 shot is causing many delays to the elderly. There are some wanting to receive shots out of their age or disability sequence, causing grief to the Pharmacies in having to stop and explain the age and disability requirements, that dictate when one is to receive their shot. Everyone is concerned or scared with this virus, but there is a protocol in place.

    -- Posted by Concerned Person on Thu, Jan 28, 2021, at 2:03 PM
  • I agree and will add this. I know of people who aren't yet in the current vaccine groups who have gone ahead and gotten on every list they can get on. Others falsifying employment to get on list. Now multiply that by.?.=

    Big Problem

    -- Posted by Two6pac on Sun, Jan 31, 2021, at 9:16 AM
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