Death toll rising: Virus claims 3 more locally, 260 in state

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

More than 260 Arkansans — including three more in Carroll County — have died from complications attributed to the COVID-19 virus since last week, bringing the statewide death toll to 7,267 on Monday.

In Carroll County, 64 people have died because of the novel coronavirus, an increase of 17 deaths since late July.

According to data from the Arkansas Health Department on Monday, the state saw an increase of 11,206 new cases of the novel coronavirus since Sept. 6, bringing the total to 475,001 cases. That number includes 448,069 cases described as “recoveries.”

The number of deaths reported over the past week was nearly a third higher than the previous week, when 178 deaths were reported.

The number of active cases in the state was reported Monday as 19,588, a reduction of 3,754 cases in the past week.

As of Monday’s report, 1,118 people were being treated in hospitals, with 460 having been admitted to intensive care units. Nearly two-thirds of those in ICU beds — 287 — have been placed on ventilators.

Since Feb. 1, more than 90 percent of those hospitalized in the state — along with a similar 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 734 children under the age of 18, with more than 400 of those being children under 12, the age 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 24.8 percent.

In Carroll County, the number of active cases reported Monday was 175, down from 213 last week. The total number of reported cases increased by 93 since last week, rising to 4,070 with 3,831 reported recoveries.

According to Monday’s report from the state health department, 1,279,526 Arkansans 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against the virus — an increase of less than 30,000 in the past week — while an additional 314,645 have been partially vaccinated.

Combined, those numbers account for approximately 62.3 percent of eligible Arkansans.

In addition, 15,851 vaccinated individuals have already received their third-dose booster.

In Carroll County, the ADH reported Monday that an additional 373 doses of the various vaccines — more than 430 fewer than the previous week — were administered in the past week, bringing the total to 20,481 and raising the percentage of county residents aged 12 and up that are fully vaccinated against the virus to 39 percent. An additional 10.2 percent have been partially immunized.

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