Active cases, hospitalizations still falling

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

During the month of October, the number of active cases of COVID-19 in the state has dropped by thousands and the number of hospitalizations because of the novel coronavirus continue to fall.

“In the month of October we have decreased our active cases by more than 5,000, dropped our hospitalizations by nearly 400, and have fully immunized 59,164 Arkansans,” said Gov. Asa Hutchinson in a Twitter message Sunday. “A great report for the month, but we must continue our progress against the virus.”

According to Monday’s report from the Arkansas Department of Health, the number of active cases in the state fell 610 to 4,817 in the past week and by 7,677 since Sept. 28.

The age group with the most active cases is 35-44 year-olds with 678, followed by 65-and-over with 640 and 25-34 with 616.

Monday’s report also indicated a continuing drop in COVID-positive hospital admissions — 331, down 60 from last week’s 391 and 131 fewer than two weeks ago — and a decrease in ICU admissions at 149, down from 171. Nearly 60 percent of those in ICU beds — 89 — have been placed on ventilators.

Since the pandemic began, hospitalizations related to the virus have included 911 children under the age of 18, an increase of five since last week, including 116 ICU admissions. As of Monday, 1,134 of the state’s active cases — nearly 24 percent — 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.

The number of Arkansans who have died from complications attributed to the novel coronavirus increased by 95 since last week and 176 in the past two weeks, bringing the statewide death toll to 8,376 on Monday.

In Carroll County, the death toll related to COVID-19 remained at 74, including 27 that have been reported since late July.

According to data distributed by the Arkansas Health Department on Monday, the state saw an increase of 2,970 new cases of the novel coronavirus — down from the 3,289 new cases reported the previous week — since Oct. 25, bringing the total to 513,215 cases. That number includes 499,918 cases described as “recoveries.”

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 34 percent.

In Carroll County, the number of active cases reported Monday was 23, down from 51 last week. The total number of reported cases increased by 7 since last week, rising to 4,301 with 4,204 reported recoveries.

According to Monday’s state health department numbers, 1,398,784 Arkansans 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against the virus — an increase of 12,967 in the past week — while an additional 287,324 have been partially vaccinated. Combined, those numbers account for nearly 66 percent of eligible Arkansans. In addition, 155,210 vaccinated individuals have already received their third-dose booster.

In Carroll County, the ADH reported Monday that an additional 1,788 doses of the various vaccines — up from 272 the week before — were administered in the past week, bringing the total to 24,802 and raising the percentage of county residents aged 12 and up who are fully vaccinated against the virus to 47 percent. An additional 8.8 percent have been partially immunized.

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