Active cases, hospitalizations continue to fall
The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas and the number of hospitalizations because of the novel coronavirus continue to fall.
“Our COVID numbers continue to move in the right direction,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a Twitter message Sunday. “Last year, we saw a large increase in cases and hospitalizations in the winter months. Let’s get vaccinated so we can avoid that as we get closer to winter.”
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 138 since last week, bringing the statewide death toll to 8,522 on Tuesday.
In Carroll County, the death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus remained at 75, 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 146 to 4,270 in the past week and by more than 4,200 since Oct. 5.
The age group with the most active cases is 35-44 year-olds with 682, followed by 25-34 with 640 and 65-and-over with 608.
Tuesday’s report also indicated a continuing drop in COVID-positive hospital admissions — 288, down 64 from last week’s 331and 107 fewer than two weeks ago — and a decrease in ICU admissions at 129, down from 149. Nearly 49 percent of those in ICU beds — 63 — 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 914 children under the age of 18, an increase of three since last week, including 117 ICU admissions. As of Tuesday, 1,075 of the state’s active cases — more than 25 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 3,034 new cases of the novel coronavirus — up from the 2,946 new cases reported the previous week — since Nov. 2, bringing the total to 516,386 cases. That number includes 503,461 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 more than 35 percent.
In Carroll County, the number of active cases reported Tuesday was 29, up from last week’s 17. The total number of reported cases increased by 20 since last week, rising to 4,321 with 4,217 reported recoveries.
According to Tuesday’s state health department numbers, 1,411,708 Arkansans 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against the virus — an increase of 12,924 in the past week — while an additional 294,337 have been partially vaccinated. Combined, those numbers account for approximately 66.7 percent of Arkansans over the age of 12.
In addition, 200,451 vaccinated individuals have already received their third-dose booster.
In Carroll County, the ADH reported Tuesday that an additional 416 doses of the various vaccines — down from 1,726 the week before — were administered in the past week, bringing the total to 25,218 and raising the percentage of county residents aged 12 and up who are fully vaccinated against the virus to 47 percent. An additional 9 percent have been partially immunized.