Virus claims 4 more in county: Carroll County’s death toll stands at 19

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

By Scott Loftis

The Arkansas Department of Health reported that 19 Carroll County residents had died from COVID-19 as of Monday morning, an increase of four in the past week.

Over the past two weeks, seven new deaths have been reported in the county. The ADH confirmed last week that eight residents of Autumn Hill Therapy and Living Center in Berryville have died from the virus, although it’s not clear when those deaths occurred or if they are all included in the 19 deaths currently being reported by the health department.

An Autumn Hill administrator previously said by email that the facility first learned of a “presumptive positive case” during routine weekly testing on Monday, Sept. 28.

Altogther, there have been 1,005 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county, according to ADH, with another 44 probable cases. As of Monday morning, the health department said there were 74 active confirmed cases in the county with six active probable cases.

Confirmed cases are identified through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing while probable cases are based on less sensitive antigen testing.

Statewide, a total of 113,057 cases have been reported — 104,239 confirmed through PCR testing and another 8,818 cases based on antigen testing.

Arkansas has had a total of 1,791 confirmed deaths from the virus, with 167 probable COVID-19 deaths.

The ADH reported 33 new deaths on Sunday, the state’s highest single-day death toll since the pandemic began in mid-March.

A total of 655 Arkansans were reportedly hospitalized as of Sunday, 13 fewer than the record high reported two days earlier.

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