Virus claims 3 more local lives: County deaths reach 61 as surge continues
The number of deaths attributed to complications from COVID-19 in Arkansas is approaching 7,060, including three additional deaths in Carroll County since last week, bringing the total number of county residents who have died because of the novel coronavirus to 61, an increase of 14 deaths since late July.
According to data from the Arkansas Health Department on Monday, the state saw an increase of 14,412 new cases of the novel coronavirus since Aug. 30, bringing the total to 463,795 cases. That number includes 433,318 cases described as “recoveries,” along with 7,057 deaths, an increase of 178 deaths attributed to the virus in seven days, down from an average of more than 200 per week in August.
The number of active cases in the state was reported Monday as 23,342, a reduction of 773 cases in the past week.
As of Monday’s report, 1,223 people were being treated in hospitals, with 502 having been admitted to intensive care units. Approximately two-thirds of those in ICU beds — 337 — have been placed on ventilators.
Since Feb. 1, more than 90 percent of those hospitalized in the state — along with a similar percent of those whose deaths were attributed to the virus since that time — were not vaccinated.
Since the pandemic began, hospitalizations related to the virus have included 696 children under the age of 18, with more than 400 of those being children under 12, the age cutoff for vaccine eligibility.
Case numbers in Arkansas have risen steadily since July 31, when there were 380,625 reported cases. Since then, the number of cases has increased by 21 percent.
In Carroll County, the number of active cases reported Monday was 213, down from 216 last week. The total number of reported cases increased by 132 since last week, rising to 3,977 with 3,703 reported recoveries.
While the virus continues to rage, vaccinations are slowing down across the state. According to Monday’s report from the state health department, 1,249,712 Arkansans 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against the virus, while an additional 327,055 have been partially vaccinated. Combined, those numbers account for approximately 61.7 percent of eligible Arkansans. In addition, 13,614 vaccinated individuals have already received their third-dose booster.
In Carroll County — which lags far behind the state average for vaccinations — the ADH reported Monday that an additional 809 doses of the various vaccines have been administered in the past week, bringing the total to 20,108 and raising the percentage of county residents aged 12 and up that are fully vaccinated against the virus to 38.2 percent. An additional 10.4 percent have been partially immunized.