State sees 150 deaths related to virus in week’s time
The number of Arkansans who died from complications attributed to the COVID-19 virus increased by 122 since last week, bringing the statewide death toll to 7,752 on Tuesday.
The statewide total includes the 67 deaths associated with the novel coronavirus in Carroll County since the pandemic began. Twenty of the local deaths have been reported since late July.
According to data distributed by the Arkansas Health Department on Tuesday, the state saw an increase of 5,137 new cases of the novel coronavirus since Sept. 28, bringing the total to 498,257 cases. That number includes 481,880 cases described as “recoveries.” The number of statewide deaths reported decreased significantly over the past week, when 184 deaths were reported.
The number of active cases in the state was reported Tuesday as 8,535, a reduction of 2,970 active cases in the past week.
Tuesday’s report indicated a significant drop in COVID-positive hospital admissions — 669, down 166 from last week’s 835 — but only a slight decrease in ICU admissions at 311, down from 377. More than 61 percent of those in ICU beds — 192 — 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 870 children under the age of 18, an increase of 20 in seven days, including 110 ICU admissions. As of Monday, 2,258 of the state’s active cases were among children under the age of 18. More than 96 percent of those pediatric cases were among children 12-18 who were not vaccinated against the virus and more than half were among children too young to be vaccinated.
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 nearly 31 percent.
In Carroll County, the number of active cases reported Tuesday was 34, down from 72 last week. The total number of reported cases increased by 23 since last week, rising to 4,202 with 4,101 reported recoveries.
According to Tuesday’s state health department numbers, 1,345,668 Arkansans 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against the virus — an increase of 17,967 in the past week — while an additional 290,237 have been partially vaccinated. Combined, those numbers account for approximately 63.9 percent of eligible Arkansans. In addition, 51,258 vaccinated individuals have already received their third-dose booster.
In Carroll County, which lags far behind the rest of the state, the ADH reported Monday that an additional 443 doses — less than half of the previous week’s total — of the various vaccines were administered in the past week, bringing the total to 22,059 and raising the percentage of county residents aged 12 and up that are fully vaccinated against the virus to 42.7 percent. An additional 8.6 percent have been partially immunized.