Active cases fall as county sees 75th death
During the month of October, the number of active cases of COVID-19 in the state has dropped by thousands and the number of hospitalizations because of the novel coronavirus continue to fall.
“In the month of October we have decreased our active cases by more than 5,000, dropped our hospitalizations by nearly 400, and have fully immunized 59,164 Arkansans,” said Gov. Asa Hutchinson in a Twitter message Sunday. “A great report for the month, but we must continue our progress against the virus.”
Despite the good news, the death toll from the pandemic continues to rise. The number of Arkansans who have died from complications attributed to the novel coronavirus increased by 92 since last week, bringing the statewide death toll to 8,384 on Tuesday.
In Carroll County, the death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus rose by one since last week with the county’s 75th death, including 28 reported since late July.
According to Tuesday’s report from the Arkansas Department of Health, the number of active cases in the state fell 492 to 4,420 in the past week and by more than 7,000 since Sept. 28.
The age group with the most active cases is 35-44 year-olds with 678, followed by 65-and-over with 640 and 25-34 with 616.
Tuesday’s report also indicated a continuing drop in COVID-positive hospital admissions — 331 395, down 64 from last week’s 395 and 146 fewer than two weeks ago — and a decrease in ICU admissions at 149, down from 178. Nearly 6o percent of those in ICU beds — 89 — have been placed on ventilators.
Since Feb. 1, more than 90 percent of those hospitalized in the state — along with a similar percentage 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 911 children under the age of 18, an increase of five since last week, including 116 ICU admissions. As of Tuesday, 1,134 of the state’s active cases — nearly 26 percent — 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.
According to data distributed by the Arkansas Health Department on Tuesday, the state saw an increase of 2,946 new cases of the novel coronavirus — down from the 3,308 new cases reported the previous week — since Oct. 28, bringing the total to 513,352 cases. That number includes 500,444 cases described as “recoveries.”
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 35 percent.
In Carroll County, the number of active cases reported Tuesday was 17, a significant drop from last week’s 49. The total number of reported cases increased by 7 since last week, rising to 4,301 with 4,209 reported recoveries.
According to Tuesday’s state health department numbers, 1,398,784 Arkansans 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against the virus — an increase of 12,434 in the past week — while an additional 287,324 have been partially vaccinated. Combined, those numbers account for approximately 65.9 percent of eligible Arkansans. In addition, 155,210 vaccinated individuals have already received their third-dose booster.
In Carroll County, the ADH reported Tuesday that an additional 1,726 doses of the various vaccines — up from 382 the week before — were administered in the past week, bringing the total to 24,802 and raising the percentage of county residents aged 12 and up who are fully vaccinated against the virus to 47.0 percent. An additional 8.8 percent have been partially immunized.