Virus continues toll across state: County’s 213 active cases new high for 2021

Thursday, August 19, 2021

New cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across the state as many schools open their doors for the new school year.

According to data from the Arkansas Health Department on Tuesday, the state saw an increase of 44,605 new cases of the novel coronavirus since Aug. 10, bringing the total to 420,663 cases. That number includes 389,990 cases described as “recoveries,” along with 6,498 deaths, an increase of 176 deaths attributed to the virus in seven days.

The number of active cases in the state was reported on Tuesday was 24,098, a number 1,283 higher than on Aug. 10.

As of Tuesday’s report, of those active cases, 1,459 were being treated in hospitals, with 553 having been admitted to intensive care units. More than half of those in ICU beds — 323 — have been placed on ventilators.

Since the pandemic began, hospitalizations related to the virus have included more than 560 children under the age of 18, with more than 330 of those being children under 12, which is the cutoff for vaccine eligibility.

Case numbers in Arkansas have risen steadily since Aug. 1, when there were 383,336 reported cases. Since then, the number of cases has increased by nearly 10 percent.

In Carroll County, the reported death toll from the virus remained at 52 — a number expected to increase based on community reports — while the number of active cases reported Tuesday was 213, hitting the highest mark since December for the second time in two weeks. The total number of reported cases increased by 158 since last week, rising to 3,571 with 3,306 reported recoveries.

Meanwhile, vaccination efforts continue across the state. According to Tuesday’s report from the state health department, 1,129,229 Arkansans 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against the virus, while an additional 353,657 have been partially vaccinated. Combined, those numbers account for approximately 58 percent of eligible Arkansans.

In Carroll County — which lags far behind the state average for vaccinations — the ADH reported this week that 18,267 doses of vaccine have been administered. As of Tuesday, 34.7 percent of county residents aged 12 and up have been fully vaccinated against the virus and an additional 10.1 percent have been partially vaccinated.

Those numbers are expected to increase after vaccine mandates were issued for employees at Tyson Foods’ three plants in the county, along with similar mandates for employees at all Mercy Healthcare and Washington Regional facilities.

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