327 active cases in Garland County; Governor gives weekly COVID update

(9/21/21) 327 active cases in Garland County; Governor gives weekly COVID update

The following statistics and information for Tuesday, Sept. 21, were shared at a press conference with the governor and/or were posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s (ADH) website:

  • 15,388 cumulative cases in Garland County, up 32 from Monday.
  • 327 active cases in Garland County, down 18 from Monday.
  • 14,693 recoveries in Garland County, up 50 from Monday.
  • 366 deaths in Garland County, no change from Monday.

There were 1,401 new cases added statewide today, down from the 1,504 new case count a week ago. Active cases dropped by 779 from yesterday. Hospitalizations are down by 33 to 993, and there are 11 less patients requiring ventilation, for a total of 278. The seven-day rolling averages of new cases, hospitalizations and active cases are all on the downswing. The positivity rate has also fallen below the 10% benchmark to 9.3%. There were 17 deaths reported today. 

The portion of Arkansas residents ages 12 and above who are fully vaccinated is at 51.3%, with an additional 11.8% who are partially vaccinated.

Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero shared that of the 12-18 age group, 36.6% are fully vaccinated and a total of 48.1% have had at least one vaccine dose. Youth currently make up around 27% of the state’s active cases. He said that Pfizer has promising study results for a one-third dose of their vaccine for ages 5-11. The data should be given to the FDA soon for them to review. He encouraged everyone to get a flu vaccine this year. Last year’s flu season was mild, primarily because of wide usage of face masks, but the state wants to avoid overburdening the hospital system this year with would could be a higher number than last year of flu patients, along with COVID patients. 

Secretary of Education Johnny Key reported that only one school district in the state has reported one its schools had to make a shift to virtual learning this week. He said the schools are experiencing a decline in cases, matching the state’s downward trend.

Lori Arnold, executive director of the American Red Cross of Arkansas, joined Hutchinson to promote blood donations. During the pandemic, donations of blood declined by around 10%, yet the demand has risen. Arnold said that only around 38% of the population is eligible to donate blood, and from that only around 10% actually donate, which illustrates why there is such a high need. She said donors can do so every 56 days, or every eight weeks. Visit redcrossblood.org for more information.