County’s active cases remain steady
Active cases of COVID-19 in Carroll County showed little movement over the past week, with six reported Monday by the Arkansas Department of Health, mirroring the total reported on April 11.
The local death toll associated with the novel coronavirus remained at 102.
Statewide, the number of active cases decreased, falling from 1,038 a week ago to 1,001 Monday. The death toll increased by 38, rising from 11,308 to 11,354, an increase of 76 since April 4.
The overall case count in the county increased by four, rising to 6,104 since the pandemic began. Statewide, the number of new cases in the past week increased by 571, down from April 11, when 610 new cases were reported.
Six weeks ago, the ADH reported 6,067 active cases in Arkansas, including 58 in Carroll County. Five weeks ago, 2,130 cases were reported across the state, including 26 in Carroll County. Four weeks ago, 1,513 active cases were reported in Arkansas, including eight in Carroll County. Three weeks ago, 1,407 active cases were reported, including six in the county. Two weeks ago, those numbers were 575 statewide, with six in Carroll County.
The two-year total for Arkansas now stands at 834,256 positive cases since the pandemic began, with 821,744 cases listed as “recoveries,” meaning they are no longer being monitored by the health department. In Carroll County, the total number of cases includes 5,996 recoveries.
On Monday, the state health department reported 47 COVID-positive hospital admissions, with 18 in intensive care. Of those, 11 required the aid of a ventilator.
Two weeks ago, the number of hospitalizations was 110, with 36 in intensive care and 20 on a ventilator.
Since the pandemic began, hospitalizations in Arkansas have included 1,404 children under the age of 18, including 167 who had been in intensive care. This week, the state health department reported 173 active cases among children — approximately 17.3 percent of the state total.
The age group with the most active cases was 65-and-older with 256, followed by those 25-34 with 142 and those 35-44 with 125.
Since Jan. 1, the number of overall cases of the novel coronavirus in the state has increased by 273,284, with the majority of those occurring among unvaccinated individuals. The number of active cases in Arkansas this year peaked on Jan. 21, when 102,576 were reported.
Slow progress continues on the vaccination front.
The state health department reported this week the number of Arkansans aged 5 and older that are fully vaccinated had increased by 2,719 in the past week —74,299 since Jan. 1 — rising to 1,584,233. Another 373,415 were listed as partially vaccinated, while 562,640 had received their third-dose booster.
Combined, those numbers represent approximately 68.8 percent of Arkansans aged 5 and older.
In Carroll County, 29,783 doses of the various vaccines had been administered by Jan. 1. As of Monday, that number had increased to a reported 32,788 doses, including 211 in the past week.
According to the state health department, 49.5 percent of Carroll County residents aged 5 and older have been fully immunized and another 11.1 percent are partially immunized.
Combined, those numbers represent approximately 60.6 percent of the county’s population that is eligible to receive a vaccine, far below the statewide mark.