County’s death toll now 73
The number of Arkansans who have died from complications attributed to the COVID-19 virus has increased by 380 since last week, bringing the statewide death toll to 8,120 on Monday.
Locally, the death toll from the novel coronavirus in Carroll County increased by six in the past week, rising to 73. Twenty-six of the local deaths have been reported since late July.
The statewide total includes a sizable adjustment made Sunday, when the state added 289 additional deaths in what Gov. Asa Hutchinson described as a data correction. It was unclear how many — if any — of those were added to the Carroll County total.
“These corrections have occurred throughout the pandemic, and today’s correction includes numbers from the beginning of COVID-19 in Arkansas,” Hutchinson said in a social media post.
According to data distributed by the Arkansas Health Department on Monday, the state saw an increase of 4,810 new cases of the novel coronavirus — down from the 5,412 new cases reported the previous week — since Oct. 4, bringing the total to 502,872 cases. That number includes 487,065 cases described as “recoveries.”
The number of active cases in the state was reported Monday as 7,595, a reduction of 1,948 active cases in the past week.
The age group with the most active cases is 25-34 year-olds with 1,194, followed by 35-44 with 1,110.
Monday’s report indicated a significant drop in COVID-positive hospital admissions — 548, down 141 from last week’s 689 — and a decrease in ICU admissions at 259, down from 341. Nearly two-thirds of those in ICU beds — 161 — 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 886 children under the age of 18, an increase of 16 in seven days, including 111 ICU admissions. As of Monday, 1,937 of the state’s active cases were among children under the age of 18. More than 96 percent of those pediatric cases were among children 12-18 who were not vaccinated against the virus.
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 more than 32 percent.
In Carroll County, the number of active cases reported Monday was 46, up slightly from 42 last week. The total number of reported cases increased by 30 since last week, rising to 4,232 with 4,113 reported recoveries.
According to Monday’s state health department numbers, 1,360,689 Arkansans 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against the virus — an increase of 15,976 in the past week — while an additional 287,224 have been partially vaccinated. Combined, those numbers account for approximately 64.4 percent of eligible Arkansans. In addition, 74,059 vaccinated individuals have already received their third-dose booster.
In Carroll County, the ADH reported Monday that an additional 382 doses of the various vaccines — less than a third of the previous week’s total — were administered in the past week, bringing the total to 22,454 and raising the percentage of county residents aged 12 and up that are fully vaccinated against the virus to 43.5 percent. An additional 8.4 percent have been partially immunized.