Active cases, hospitalizations continuing to fall across state
The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas and the number of hospitalizations because of the novel coronavirus continue to fall.
“Our COVID numbers continue to move in the right direction,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a Twitter message Sunday. “Last year, we saw a large increase in cases and hospitalizations in the winter months. Let’s get vaccinated so we can avoid that as we get closer to winter.”
Despite the good news, the death toll from the pandemic continues to rise. The number of Arkansans who have died from complications attributed to the novel coronavirus increased by 121 since last week and 216 in the past 14 days, bringing the statewide death toll to 8,497 on Monday.
In Carroll County, the death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus rose by one since last week with the county’s 75th death, including 28 reported since late July.
According to Monday’s report from the Arkansas Department of Health, the number of active cases in the state fell 237 to 4,580 in the past week and by 4,963 since Sept. 28.
The age group with the most active cases is 35-44 year-olds with 738, followed by 25-34 with 674 and 65-and-over with 630.
Monday’s report also indicated a continuing drop in COVID-positive hospital admissions — 290, down 41 from last week’s 331 and 99 fewer than two weeks ago — and a decrease in ICU admissions at 126, down from 149. Nearly 58 percent of those in ICU beds — 73 — have been placed on ventilators.
Since Feb. 1, more than 90 percent of those hospitalized in the state — along with a similar percentage 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 914 children under the age of 18, an increase of three since last week, including 117 ICU admissions. As of Monday, 1,171 of the state’s active cases — more than 25 percent — 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.
According to data distributed by the Arkansas Health Department on Monday, the state saw an increase of 3.030 new cases of the novel coronavirus — down from the 2,970 new cases reported the previous week — since Nov. 1, bringing the total to 516,245 cases. That number includes 503,064 cases described as “recoveries.”
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 nearly 36 percent.
In Carroll County, the number of active cases reported Monday was 28, up slightly from 23 last week. The total number of reported cases increased by 19 since last week, rising to 4,320 with 4,217 reported recoveries.
According to Monday’s state health department numbers, 1,409,098 Arkansans 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against the virus — an increase of 10,314 in the past week — while an additional 291,894 have been partially vaccinated. Combined, those numbers account for more than 66 percent of Arkansans 12 and older. In addition, 192,451 vaccinated individuals have already received their third-dose booster.
In Carroll County, the ADH reported Monday that an additional 283 doses of the various vaccines — down from last week’s surge of 1,788 doses — were administered in the past week, bringing the total to 25,085 and raising the percentage of county residents aged 12 and up who are fully vaccinated against the virus to 47 percent. An additional 8.9 percent have been partially immunized.