231 active cases in county: Virus claims four more local lives

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Four more deaths attributed to complications from COVID-19 have been reported in Carroll County since last week, bringing the total number of county residents who have died because of the novel coronavirus to 56.

According to data from the Arkansas Health Department on Monday, the state saw an increase of 15,449 new cases of the novel coronavirus since Aug. 16, bringing the total to 435,256 cases. That number includes 403,090 cases described as “recoveries,” along with 6,467 deaths, an increase of 207 deaths attributed to the virus in seven days.

The number of active cases in the state was reported on Monday as 25,378, a reduction of 357 cases in the past week.

As of Monday’s report, of those active cases, 1,369 were being treated in hospitals, with 541 having been admitted to intensive care units. More than half of those in ICU beds — 337 — have been placed on ventilators.

Since Feb. 1, 92.6 percent of those hospitalized in the state — along with 91.5 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 more than 580 children under the age of 18, with more than 340 of those being children under 12, an increase of 120 cases in the past week. The age cutoff for vaccine eligibility is 12.

“Vaccination is your best path to avoiding hospitalization or serious consequences from this,” Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said during a news conference last week. “We’re continuing that emphasis on vaccinations.”

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 14.4 percent.

In Carroll County, the number of active cases reported Monday remained at 231, the highest mark since December for the third time in two weeks. The total number of reported cases increased by 138 since last week, rising to 3,698 with 3,411 reported recoveries.

While the virus continues to rage, vaccinations are slowing down across the state. According to Monday’s report from the state health department, 1,162,634 Arkansans 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against the virus, while an additional 351,441 have been partially vaccinated. Combined, those numbers account for approximately 59.2 percent of eligible Arkansans.

In Carroll County — which lags far behind the state average for vaccinations — the ADH reported Monday that 18,736 doses of vaccine have been administered, bringing the percentage of county residents aged 12 and up that are fully vaccinated against the virus to 35.6 percent. An additional 10.2 percent have been partially vaccinated.

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