Another county death brings toll to 40
Another Carroll County resident has died from complications related to the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing the number of local deaths to 40.
The additional death — the first in the past seven days — was reported Tuesday morning by the Arkansas Department of Health, in addition to 94 new cases of the novel coronavirus.
According to numbers released Tuesday morning by the Arkansas Department of Health, Carroll County reported 110 new cases during the previous seven-day period, a spike that followed reports of 72 new cases during the week ending Jan. 26.
According to the ADH, the total number of reported cases in Carroll County as of Monday was 2,674, including 2,273 lab-confirmed cases, 2,502 reported “recoveries,” and 132 active cases.
Statewide, the number of reported cases reached 307,373 on Tuesday — up 10,879 in the past seven days — including 244,413 lab-confirmed cases, 286,917 reported “recoveries,” and 15,320 active cases, down from the 16,665 reported last week.
The number of reported deaths on Tuesday was 5,106, an increase of 211 since Feb. 2, or just more than 30 per day.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson, speaking during his weekly news conference in Little Rock on Feb. 2, said the vaccine rollout across the state is progressing well.
“We continue to do well in getting the vaccines in the arms of Arkansans,” Hutchinson said. “We’re working very hard. I hope that soon we’ll be comfortable in saying that we’ve completed our education, our teachers, but we’ve got some more work to do to make sure that they have the access and they have the clinics that are set up to accomplish that.”
Arkansas is still operating in Phase 1B of its vaccination plan, working through the initial groups of state residents aged 70 and over and educators. To date — including Phase 1A, which saw healthcare workers and many first responders get vaccinated — the state has received a total of 610,550 doses of vaccine and has administered 397,119.
“We have virtually completed our long-term care facilities, although they’ll be going back again for second rounds and follow-ups to make sure everybody has that access,” Hutchinson said. “And so we’re doing well, but we have to do better because lives are at stake.”
Phase 1B — which will eventually include 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 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.