State sees 150 deaths in week’s time; county’s total unchanged
The number of Arkansans who died from complications attributed to the COVID-19 virus increased by 150 since last week, bringing the statewide death toll to 7,740 on Monday.
The statewide total includes the 67 deaths associated with the novel coronavirus in Carroll County since the pandemic began. Twenty local deaths have been reported since late July.
According to data distributed by the Arkansas Health Department on Monday, the state saw an increase of 5,412 new cases of the novel coronavirus — down from the 7,594 new cases reported the previous week — since Sept. 27, bringing the total to 498,062 cases. That number includes 480,689 cases described as “recoveries.” The number of statewide deaths reported increased slightly over the past week, when 145 deaths were reported.
The number of active cases in the state was reported Monday as 9,543, a reduction of 2,951 active cases in the past week.
Monday’s report indicated a significant drop in COVID-positive hospital admissions — 689, down 172 from last week’s 861 — but only a slight decrease in ICU admissions at 341, down from 394. More than two-thirds of those in ICU beds — 206 — 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 870 children under the age of 18, an increase of 22 in seven days, including 110 ICU admissions. As of Monday, 2,577 of the state’s active cases were among children under the age of 18. More than 96 percent of those pediatric cases were among children 12-18 who were not vaccinated against the virus.
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 more than 30 percent.
In Carroll County, the number of active cases reported Monday was 42, down from 80 last week. The total number of reported cases increased by 23 since last week, rising to 4,202 with 4,093 reported recoveries.
According to Monday’s state health department numbers, 1,344,713 Arkansans 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against the virus — an increase of 17,940 in the past week — while an additional 290,513 have been partially vaccinated. Combined, those numbers account for approximately 64 percent of eligible Arkansans. In addition, 50,448 vaccinated individuals have already received their third-dose booster, more than doubling last week’s total.
In Carroll County, the ADH reported Monday that an additional 965 doses of the various vaccines were administered in the past week, bringing the total to 22,072 and raising the percentage of county residents aged 12 and up that are fully vaccinated against the virus to 42.8 percent. An additional 8.6 percent have been partially immunized.