COVID-19 numbers rising; active cases in Carroll County reach 102

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Carroll County is once again on the rise, topping 100 for the first time since February’s late winter spike.

On Monday, the Arkansas Department of Health reported 102 active cases of the novel coronavirus in Carroll County, a number that includes 30 new cases in the past week.

According to Monday’s report, the total number of cases in Carroll County now stands at 3,037 with 2,888 reported recoveries. The death toll from complications related to the virus stands at 47.

Monday’s reported increases are high enough that the Carroll County Quorum Court, which met Monday night, issued a request that all attendees wear a face covering.

“It has been requested that we all think about wearing masks at the Quorum Court meeting this evening,” county clerk Connie Doss writes in an email. “With our C-19 numbers rising in both vaccinated and unvaccinated citizens, it may well be prudent for us to wear a mask since we all tend to congregate and chat before the meeting. We’ll make sure that there is a bit more space between us this evening and the meeting should be short.

“Obviously, we can’t mandate that you wear a mask, but it would be appreciated.”

Also on Monday, the Crescent and Basin Park hotels in Eureka Springs announced that COVID-19 safety protocols have resumed.

Masks and sanitizing stations have been reinstalled at the hotel entryways, and masks are required indoors for managers, supervisors and employees in high-contact areas. Masks are required for guests in the spa, shuttle, morgue and any indoor area with 10 or more people.

Two weeks ago, Mercy Health announced that all employees at Mercy Health hospitals and clinics — including those in Carroll County — will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Sept. 30.

Mercy made the decision as the new Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly in Missouri, where Mercy has hospitals and clinics in Joplin, Springfield, St. Louis and other locations.

Mercy also serves communities in Arkansas and Oklahoma, where COVID numbers are also increasing because of the Delta variant.

A news release from Mercy announcing the plan stated that “vaccination serves the common good, protects patients who come to us for care and is crucial to safeguarding public health and bringing an end to the pandemic.”

Statewide, the number of cases has grown to 362,580, a number that includes 346,785 reported recoveries and 5,992 deaths related to the virus.

The ADH reported Monday that there are 9,750 active cases in the state, with 766 being treated in hospitals. Of that number, 291 are in intensive care, with 124 requiring the aid of a ventilator.

These latest increases come even as the number of vaccinations continues to rise, albeit slowly. According to Monday’s numbers, 1,028,950 Arkansans — or 40.24 percent of residents aged 12 and up — have been fully vaccinated, with another 250,021 having received an initial dose. Combined, those numbers represent just over 50 percent of Arkansans who are eligible to receive the vaccine.

That number may be slightly higher, as the state health department advised that “640 vaccine doses did not have an available dose number and will require further review to properly assign an accurate dose number.”

To date, the state has received 2,740,690 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, of which 2,228,825 have been administered, accounting for 80.7 percent of the doses received.

According to Mercy Health, both Pfizer and Moderna have applied to the Food and Drug Administration for full approval of their COVID-19 vaccines, which is expected soon. All COVID-19 vaccines have been deemed safe and have proved effective with more than 171 million Americans already vaccinated.

Worldwide, more than 1 billion people are fully vaccinated and more than 3.6 billion doses have been administered.

For more information about COVID-19 in Arkansas, visit the Arkansas Department of Health website at www.healthy.arkansas.gov. Information about vaccines and where to receive one is also available. For vaccination locations, call 1-800-232-0233 or text your zip code to 438829.

Information for this article was contributed by associate editor Samantha Jones.

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