Active cases on rise; hospitalizations fall
The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas has begun an upward trend while the number of hospitalizations because of the novel coronavirus continue to fall.
“Our case report continues to increase slightly compared to the previous week,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a Twitter message Sunday. “Hospitalizations continue to remain at a much lower level than we saw earlier in the fall. The vaccine has been shown to reduce severe COVID symptoms and hospitalizations.”
The death toll from the pandemic also continues to rise. The number of Arkansans who have died from complications attributed to the novel coronavirus increased by 70 since last week and 191 in the past 14 days, bringing the statewide death toll to 8,567 on Monday.
In Carroll County, the death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus remained at 75, 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 increased by 319 over last week’s total, rising by 556 to 5,136.
The age group with the most active cases is 25- to 34-year-olds with 775, followed by 35-44 with 736 and 65-and-over with 739. Children between the ages of 5 and 11 are next with 699 active cases reported.
Monday’s report indicated a continuing drop in COVID-positive hospital admissions — 282, down slightly from last week’s 290 and 49 fewer than two weeks ago — and a slight decrease in ICU admissions at 125, down from 126. Nearly half of those in ICU beds — 58 — 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 924 children under the age of 18, an increase of 10 in the past week, including 118 ICU admissions. As of Monday, 1,483 of the state’s active cases — nearly 29 percent — were among children under the age of 18. More than 96 percent of those pediatric cases since Feb. 1 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 3,515 new cases of the novel coronavirus — up from the 3,030 new cases reported the previous week — since Nov. 8, bringing the total to 519,760 cases. That number includes 505,911 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 approximately 36.5 percent.
In Carroll County, the number of active cases reported Monday was 28, matching last week’s number. The total number of reported cases increased by 18 since last week, rising to 4,338 with 4,235 reported recoveries.
According to Monday’s state health department numbers, 1,421,112 Arkansans 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against the virus — an increase of 12,014 in the past week — while an additional 303,754 have been partially vaccinated. Combined, those numbers account for more than 67 percent of Arkansans 12 and older. In addition, 228,899 vaccinated individuals have already received their third-dose booster.
In Carroll County, the ADH reported Monday that an additional 723 doses of the various vaccines — up from last week’s total of 283 doses — were administered in the past week, bringing the total to 25,808 and raising the percentage of county residents aged 12 and up who are fully vaccinated against the virus to 47.4 percent. An additional 9.2 percent have been partially immunized.