719 active casescounty; Governor gives COVID update

(8/3/21) 719 active cases in Garland County; Governor gives weekly COVID update

The following statistics and information for Tuesday, Aug. 3, were shared at a press conference with the governor and/or were posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s (ADH) website:

  • 12,254 cumulative cases in Garland County, up 90 from Monday.
  • 719 active cases in Garland County, down 12 from Monday.
  • 11,256 recoveries in Garland County, up 101 from Monday.
  • 277 deaths in Garland County, up one from Monday.

The number of new cases reported today for the state totaled 2,343, which is up from last Tuesday. This increased the number of active cases by 677 to 19,499. There were 16 new deaths reported, 30 additional hospitalizations and 10 additional patients requiring the use of ventilators. 

On a positive note, the governor shared that there were more than 30,000 vaccine doses given out yesterday in the state, with approximately 25,000 being first doses. He added that 14 counties have reached 50% of their population being fully vaccinated. 

Sharing data to illustrate the effectiveness of the vaccines, since Jan. 1, 97.01% of the COVID-related deaths were unvaccinated individuals, 94.58% of hospitalizations were among unvaccinated and 95.29% of the cases were among unvaccinated. 

The general assembly met today and affirmed the governor’s most recent renewal of the state’s public health emergency. Tomorrow, the general assembly will meet to consider two items: an amendment to Act 1002 to give local school districts the flexibility to add protection for children under the age of 12 and a measure to provide legislative authority to opt out of federal programs. 

Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero provided statistics relating to the Delta variant’s impact on youth. As of Aug. 1, nearly 19% of all active cases are in children under 18, with more than half of those being under the age of 12. Between April and July, there was a 517% increase in the number of cases under 18. During that timeframe, there was also a 690% increase in cases among those 12 and under, as well as a 270% increase of hospitalizations of those under the age of 18. ICU admission increased by 275%, with 20% of those being under the age of 12. He explained that children 12 and under are very susceptible because they are not eligible for vaccines. Of those ages 12-18, 32.2% have received one vaccine dose and 18.4% have been fully vaccinated. 

Secretary of Education Johnny Key said that the Arkansas Department of Education last week released updated Ready for Learning guidelines for public schools. He said there are a number of challenges for school districts, particularly with the Delta variant, but strategies and efforts taken from last year and over the summer should continue to be successful.