2 more die from virus in county
By Scott Loftis
The number of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Carroll County rose sharply again in the past week, according to data from the Arkansas Department of Health, and two more county residents died from the virus.
As of Monday morning, the ADH website said there had been 837 confirmed cases of the virus in the county, with 21 probable cases. That represents an increase of 92 confirmed cases — a 12.3 percent hike — and nine probable cases over the past seven days.
In a two-week span since Monday, Sept. 28, the county has seen 179 new confirmed cases and 14 new probable cases. The ADH says there are 130 active confirmed cases and eight active probable cases in the county — nearly doubling the total of 70 from two weeks before.
Twelve Carroll County residents have died from the virus, according to the health department.
The Arkansas Health Department said in a report released Thursday, Oct. 8, that there had been a cumulative total of 51 cases at Berryville schools, with 41 among students and 13 among staff. The report said there were seven active cases. The same report indicated a cumulative total of 43 cases in Green Forest schools — 34 involving students and nine among staff. The report said there was a total of eight active cases. The health department report lists only educational institutions with five or more active cases. Eureka Springs was not listed on the Oct. 8 report.
The increasing local numbers mirror a similar trend statewide as the state’s cumulative case count has now topped 92,000. As of Monday morning, the ADH reported a total of 88,302 confirmed cases with an additional 4,531 probable cases. Confirmed cases — identified through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing — increased by 4,996 from the previous week. Probable cases, identified through less sensitive antigen testing, were up by 824.
The state’s confirmed virus deaths increased by 143 over the past week, with the ADH reporting 1,421 confirmed deaths as of Monday morning. Another 148 probable deaths were reported, an increase of one from the previous week.
Hospitalizations from the virus in Arkansas reached record levels five times in a six-day span, with a new high of 576 as of Monday morning. That number includes 99 patients on ventilators.