Virus continues toll across state: County’s 231 active cases new high for 2021

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

New cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across the state as many schools open their doors for the new school year.

According to data from the Arkansas Health Department on Monday, the state saw an increase of 15,530 new cases of the novel coronavirus since Aug. 9, bringing the total to 419,807 cases. That number includes 387,528 cases described as “recoveries,” along with 6,467 deaths, an increase of 166 deaths attributed to the virus in seven days.

The number of active cases in the state was reported on Monday as 25,735, a number 1,814 higher than on Aug. 9.

As of Monday’s report, of those active cases, 1,413 were being treated in hospitals, with 559 having been admitted to intensive care units. More than half of those in ICU beds — 303 — have been placed on ventilators.

Since the pandemic began, hospitalizations related to the virus have included more than 530 children under the age of 18, with more than 220 of those being children under 12, which is the 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 10.3 percent.

In Carroll County, the reported death toll from the virus remained at 52 — a number expected to increase based on community reports — while the number of active cases reported Monday was 231, hitting the highest mark since December for the second time in two weeks. The total number of reported cases increased by 151 since last week, rising to 3,560 with 3,277 reported recoveries.

Vaccination efforts continue across the state. According to Monday’s report from the state health department, 1,126,650 Arkansans 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against the virus, while an additional 351,314 have been partially vaccinated. Combined, those numbers account for approximately 57.8 percent of eligible Arkansans.

In Carroll County — which lags far behind the state average for vaccinations — the ADH reported Monday that 18,316 doses of vaccine have been administered. As of Monday, 34.9 percent of county residents aged 12 and up have been fully vaccinated against the virus and an additional 9.9 percent have been partially vaccinated.

Those numbers are expected to increase after vaccine mandates were issued for employees at Tyson Foods’ three plants in the county, along with all Mercy Healthcare and Washington Regional facilities.

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