Two more virus deaths reported in county
A total of 184 Arkansans — including two more in Carroll County — have died from complications attributed to the COVID-19 virus since last week, bringing the statewide death toll to 7,482 on Tuesday.
In Carroll County, 66 people have died because of the novel coronavirus, an increase of 19 deaths since late July.
According to data from the Arkansas Health Department on Tuesday, the state saw an increase of 9,805 new cases of the novel coronavirus since Sept. 7, bringing the total to 485,452 cases. That number includes 462,878 cases described as “recoveries.” The total number of deaths reported over the past week indicates a 19.3 percent decrease over the previous week, when 228 deaths were reported.
The number of active cases in the state was reported Tuesday as 15,004, a reduction of 2,817 cases in the past week.
“Our active COVID cases in Arkansas are at the lowest level since the end of July,” wrote Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson in a tweet Monday. “The seven-day rolling average of percent positivity is now below 10%, the goal I have pushed. Our vaccinations are not as high as we need, so let’s not delay.”
As of Tuesday’s report, 1,027 people were being treated in hospitals, with 440 having been admitted to intensive care units. More than two-thirds of those in ICU beds — 289 — 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 753 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 27.6 percent.
In Carroll County, the number of active cases reported Tuesday was 115, down from 156 last week. The total number of reported cases increased by 69 since last week, rising to 4,141 with 3,960 reported recoveries.
According to Tuesday’s report from the state health department, 1,307,631 Arkansans 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against the virus — an increase of less than 30,000 in the past week — while an additional 302,732 have been partially vaccinated. Combined, those numbers account for approximately 62.9 percent of eligible Arkansans. In addition, 18,055 vaccinated individuals have received a third-dose booster.
During a news conference Tuesday, state Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero noted that vaccination efforts in younger patients are continuing, showing that 48.1 percent of Arkansans 12-18 years old have at least one dose of the vaccine, with 36.6 percent being fully vaccinated.
In Carroll County, the ADH reported Tuesday that an additional 554 doses of the various vaccines were administered in the past week, bringing the total number of doses to 21,092 and raising the percentage of county residents aged 12 and up that are fully vaccinated against the virus to 40.4 percent. An additional 9.7 percent have been partially immunized.