County’s virus death toll hits 46

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Another Carroll County resident has died from complications related to the COVID-19 virus in the past week, according to reports from the Arkansas Department of Health.

The new death brings the local death toll from the novel coronavirus to 46, a week after Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that vaccines against the virus would now be available to children as young as 12.

Hutchinson made the announcement expanding the availability of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine during his weekly address from Little Rock on May 11.

Approval for the use of the Moderna vaccine in children is expected soon. More information on the COVID-19 vaccines is available by calling the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Call Line at 1-800-985-6030.

According to Tuesday’s report from the Arkansas Department of Health, the state has received 2,597,240 combined doses of the various vaccines, with 1,882,950 — or 72.5 percent — already administered.

As of Tuesday, 852,764 Arkansans have been fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, while an additional 238,120 individuals have been partially vaccinated. When combined, those numbers represent approximately 45.9 percent of Arkansans aged 12 and older.

Tuesday’s ADH report indicated that the number of new cases of COVID-19 rose by 1,343 in the past week — down slightly from last week’s increase of 1,357 — bringing the statewide total to 339,162. That total includes 265,148 lab-confirmed cases, 331,331 “recovered” cases and 5,805 deaths, including 35 in the past week.

There were 1,970 active cases reported in the state Tuesday, with 188 hospital admissions, 75 of which were in intensive care with 32 requiring the aid of a ventilator.

In Carroll County, the number of cases increased by three in the past week, bringing the total to 2,811, which includes 2,379 confirmed cases, 2,756 recoveries and nine active cases.

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