Two more Carroll County residents dead

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Two more deaths attributed to complications from COVID-19 have been reported in Carroll County since last week, bringing the total number of county residents who have died because of the novel coronavirus to 58.

According to data from the Arkansas Health Department on Monday, the state saw an increase of 14,127 new cases of the novel coronavirus since Aug. 23, bringing the total to 449,383 cases. That number includes 418,312 cases described as “recoveries,” along with 6,879 deaths, an increase of 205 deaths attributed to the virus in seven days, a number on par with the weekly average since July 31.

The number of active cases in the state was reported on Monday as 24,115, a reduction of 1,263 cases in the past week.

As of Monday’s report, 1,257 people were being treated in hospitals, with 513 having been admitted to intensive care units. Approximately two-thirds of those in ICU beds — 334 — have been placed on ventilators.

Since Feb. 1, more than 90 percent of those hospitalized in the state — along with a similar percent of those whose deaths were attributed to the virus since that time — were not vaccinated.

Since the pandemic began, hospitalizations related to the virus have included 619 children under the age of 18, with nearly 400 of those being children under 12, the age cutoff for vaccine eligibility.

Case numbers in Arkansas have risen steadily since July 31, when there were 380,625 reported cases. Since then, the number of cases has increased by 18 percent.

In Carroll County, the number of active cases reported Monday was 226, down from 231 last week. The total number of reported cases increased by 147 since last week, rising to 3,845 with 3,561 reported recoveries.

While the virus continues to rage, vaccinations are slowing down across the state. According to Monday’s report from the state health department, 1,208,775 Arkansans 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against the virus, while an additional 341,512 have been partially vaccinated. Combined, those numbers account for approximately 60.7 percent of eligible Arkansans. In addition, 10,158 vaccinated individuals have already received their third-dose booster.

In Carroll County — which lags far behind the state average for vaccinations — the ADH reported Monday that an additional 563 doses of the various vaccines have been administered in the past week, bringing the total to 19,299 and raising the percentage of county residents aged 12 and up that are fully vaccinated against the virus to 36.7 percent. An additional 10.2 percent have been partially immunized.

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