Numbers show slight increases in county, state

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Active cases of COVID-19 in Carroll County increased by one over the past week, with seven cases reported Monday by the Arkansas Department of Health, after two weeks with six.

Statewide, the active case total showed a larger increase, rising to 1,268 after several consecutive weeks of falling numbers.

The local death toll associated with the novel coronavirus remained at 102 in Carroll County, while the number of statewide deaths rose by 17, rising to 11,371, an increase of 93 since April 4.

The overall case count in the county increased by four — mirroring the previous weeks — rising to 6,108 since the pandemic began. Statewide, the number of new cases in the past week increased by 739, up from April 18, when 571 new cases were reported, an increase of 1,920 cases in the past three weeks.

A month ago, 1,407 active cases were reported in the state, including six in the county. Three weeks ago, those numbers were 575 statewide, with six in Carroll County.

The two-year total for Arkansas now stands at 834,995 positive cases since the pandemic began, with 822,199 cases listed as “recoveries,” meaning they are no longer being monitored by the health department. In Carroll County, the total number of cases includes 5,999 recoveries, an increase of three in the past week.

On Monday, the state health department reported 46 COVID-positive hospital admissions, with 22 in intensive care. Of those, 12 required the aid of a ventilator.

On April 18, the number of hospitalizations was 47, with 33 in intensive care and 11 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 166 active cases among children — approximately 13 percent of the state total.

The age group with the most active cases was 65-and-older with 349, followed by those 25-34 with 186 and those 35-44 with 177.

Since Jan. 1, the number of overall cases of the novel coronavirus in the state has increased by 274,023, 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 2,007 in the past week —76,306 since Jan. 1 — rising to 1,586,240. Another 374,277 were listed as partially vaccinated, while 564,757 had received their third-dose booster.

Combined, those numbers represent approximately 69 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 33,052 doses, including 264 in the past week.

According to the state health department, 49.6 percent of Carroll County residents aged 5 and older have been fully immunized and another 11.2 percent are partially immunized.

Combined, those numbers represent approximately 60.8 percent of the county’s population that is eligible to receive a vaccine, far below the statewide mark.

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