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

(10/19/21) 129 active cases in Garland County; Governor gives weekly COVID update

The following statistics and information for Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, were shared at a press conference with the governor and/or were posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s (ADH) website:

  • 15,590 cumulative cases in Garland County, up 14 from Monday.
  • 129 active cases in Garland County, up three from Monday.
  • 15,377 recoveries in Garland County, up nine from Monday.
  • 382 deaths in Garland County, no change from Monday.

There were 661 new cases added statewide today, down from last Tuesday, for which Governor Asa Hutchinson said “continues the good trend.” Active cases also declined by 99 since yesterday to a total of 5,835. Hospitalizations were up one to 461, and there are two fewer patients requiring ventilation, for a total of 129. 

There were 7,255 vaccination doses administered in the past 24 hours adding 3,046 more Arkansans as fully-vaccinated. The portion of Arkansas residents ages 12-18 who are fully vaccinated is at 39.8%, with 49.9% who are partially vaccinated, according to Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero. He said the rate of vaccinations in these adolescents has stalled out, and he offered encouragement to increase those percentages. He added that he anticipates vaccinations to be available for the 5-11 age group in November. 

The governor shared protocol changes for public K-12 schools. The definition of a close contact has changed from 6 feet for 15 minutes to 3 feet for 15 minutes. Also, test-to-stay protocols now apply to extracurricular activities instead of only for the school day. He also offered a reminder that vaccination eliminates the need for quarantine and if both the case and the contact are masked, there is no need for quarantine.

Cabot School District Superintendent Dr. Tony Thurman said this change “is going to be a huge game changer” for the teachers, students and parents because of the decreases in quarantines. He and Secretary of Education Johnny Key reiterated the importance of sick children staying at home. Also, an increase in cases could mean a return back to the previous protocols. 

Key shared that only one school district this past week has reported modifications to on-sight instruction, and it was a kindergarten class in Rogers. Cases in schools is down to 1,080, which is another week-over-week decline. 

10-19-21 ADH daily chart