County’s death toll reaches 28: Four more local residents die from COVID-19

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

By Robert Cox 

Four more Carroll County residents have died from complications related to COVID-19 and the county has seen an increase of more than 160 cases in the past week. 

According to data provided by the Arkansas Department of Health on Monday, Carroll County reported a total of 1,922 cases of the novel coronavirus, including 1,707 confirmed cases and 215 probable cases. Over the past seven days, there have been 162 new cases, including 124 confirmed positives. 

Monday’s report indicated that 28 Carroll County residents have died from complications related to the virus since the pandemic began, with 26 of those deaths classified as confirmed positives. 

The state health department also reported 1,697 “recovered” cases in the county, a number which more accurately reflects individuals who have been released from quarantine, observation or hospitalization, as the long-term effects of the virus are still unclear. 

The health department reports 197 active cases in the county, of which 158 have been confirmed by laboratory testing. 

Statewide, ADH reported a total of 201,650 cases — 170,603 of which have been confirmed — along with 3,237 deaths. The total number of deaths includes 2,842 confirmed cases, as well as 395 probable cases and 25 non-COVID deaths. Of the dead, 57 have been incarcerated and 1,397 have been residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities. 

“The high number of Arkansans who have died is heartbreaking,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a Facebook post Sunday. “As we are 5 days out from Christmas, let’s protect each other. What we do will determine how we start our new year.” 

The age group hardest hit by the virus continues to be those aged 65 or older, who account for 80.4 percent of the statewide death toll. The 25-44 age demographic, however, leads the way in total cases with 63,855 positive cases, or 31.67 percent of the total number of cases.

Monday’s numbers showed an increase of 15,948 cases in the past seven days and 32,666 cases since Dec. 5, an average of 2,041 new cases each day.

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