County sees increase in active COVID-19 cases

Thursday, December 2, 2021

While new and active cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in Carroll County, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Sunday that he sees signs of improvement on the state level.

“No new deaths and active cases dropping is good to see along with more than 5,000 new vaccinations today,” Hutchinson posted Sunday on Twitter. “This is great news as we continue to fight new incoming variants and must do all we can to prevent more cases.”

Gov. Asa Hutchinson

While Hucthinson’s post points out no new deaths on Sunday, the death toll from the pandemic rose to 8,653 over the past week, an increase of 38 Arkansans who have died from complications attributed to the novel coronavirus— 10 fewer than last week’s increase of 48— since last week and 86 in the past 14 days.

In Carroll County, the death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus remained at 75, including 28 reported since late July.

Meanwhile, according to Monday’s report from the Arkansas Department of Health, the number of active cases in the state decreased by 497 to 5,830.

The age group with the most active cases is 35-44 year-olds with 895, followed by 65-and-over with 885 and 25-34 with 827.

In Carroll County, the number of active cases increased by 10 over the past seven days, with 48 active cases reported Monday.

Monday’s report indicated a slight seven-day increase in COVID-positive hospital admissions — 363, up 49 from last week’s 314 and 73 more than two weeks ago — accompanied by an increase in ICU admissions at 167, up from 132 last week. More than 40 percent of those patients in ICU beds — 67 — 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 939 children under the age of 18, an increase of eight in the past week, including 119 ICU admissions. As of Monday, 1,398 of the state’s active cases — nearly 24 percent — were among children under the age of 18. Nearly 96 percent of those pediatric cases since Feb. 1 were among children 12-18 who were not vaccinated against the virus.

According to data distributed by the Arkansas Health Department on Monday, the state saw an increase of 3,417 new cases of the novel coronavirus — down from the 4,410 new cases reported the previous week — since Nov. 22, bringing the total to 527,587 cases. That number includes 512,946 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 approximately 38.6 percent.

In Carroll County, the total number of reported cases increased by 34 since last week, when 31 were reported, rising to 4,403 with 4,280 reported recoveries.

On the vaccination front, Monday’s numbers from the state health department show that 1,439,842 Arkansans have been fully vaccinated against the virus — an increase of 8,663 in the past week — while an additional 325,539 have been partially vaccinated. Combined, those numbers account for approximately 62 percent of Arkansans aged 5 and older. In addition, 287,226 vaccinated individuals have already received their third-dose booster.

The drop in percentage of vaccinated Arkansans is because of some recent adjustments after the Department of Health changed the population count using the 2020 Census population for Arkansas and added individuals aged 5-11 years old, who are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This change resulted in a decrease in the percent of individuals partially and fully immunized.

In Carroll County, the ADH reported Monday that an additional 270 doses of the various vaccines — down from last week’s total of 537 doses — were administered in the past week, bringing the total to 26,615 and setting the percentage of county residents who are fully vaccinated against the virus at 44.1 percent. An additional 8.8 percent have been partially immunized.

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