Two more deaths reported in county
Nearly 180 Arkansans — including two more in Carroll County — have died from complications attributed to the COVID-19 virus since last week, bringing the statewide death toll to 7,445 on Monday.
In Carroll County, 66 people have died because of the novel coronavirus, an increase of 19 deaths since late July.
According to data from the Arkansas Health Department on Monday, the state saw an increase of 10,055 new cases of the novel coronavirus since Sept. 13, bringing the total to 485,056 cases. That number includes 461,069 cases described as “recoveries.” The number of deaths reported over the past week was the same as the previous week, when 178 deaths were reported.
The number of active cases in the state was reported Monday as 15,774, a reduction of 3,814 cases in the past week.
As of Monday’s report, 1,015 people were being treated in hospitals, with 445 having been admitted to intensive care units. Nearly two-thirds of those in ICU beds — 289 — 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 752 children under the age of 18, with nearly 500 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 27.4 percent.
In Carroll County, the number of active cases reported Monday was 124, down from 175 last week. The total number of reported cases increased by 70 since last week, rising to 4,140 with 3,950 reported recoveries.
According to Monday’s report from the state health department, 1,306,044 Arkansans 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against the virus — an increase of less than 26,518 in the past week — while an additional 303,361 have been partially vaccinated. Combined, those numbers account for approximately 63 percent of eligible Arkansans. In addition, 17,998 vaccinated individuals have already received their third-dose booster.
In Carroll County, the ADH reported Monday that an additional 626 doses of the various vaccines were administered in the past week, bringing the total to 21,107 and raising the percentage of county residents aged 12 and up that are fully vaccinated against the virus to 40.4 percent.
An additional 9.4 percent have been partially immunized.