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May ’20. lowest virus active cases after

May '20.  lowest virus active cases after

Arkansas’s number of active coronavirus cases, representing people who tested positive within the past 10 days, fell on Friday to their lowest level since May 2020 as the number of hospitalizations from the virus fell below 200 for the first time in nine months. Went.

A day after rising above 11,000, the state’s death toll from the virus tracked by the Arkansas Department of Health rose by 23 to 11,053.

However, Dr. Jennifer Dilla, Chief Medical Officer of the Health Department, said that out of the deaths on Friday, only eight were within the last one month.

Of the others, one took place in November, 11 from January and three in February.

Similarly, though the state’s number of cases rose by 723, the biggest single-day increase in nearly three weeks, Dilha said only 91 of those cases were of people who tested positive in March.

The other 632 were from reports that were faxed by providers in January and February, but were only recently entered into the Department of Health’s database as the department works through a backlog that occurred during the growth of the transition from the Omron version. was created.

Because they represent infections from people who have already recovered, chronic cases do not affect the total of active cases, which has been falling steadily since reaching an all-time high of 102,576 on January 22. .

On Friday, the total fell by 82 to 1,528, its lowest level since May 22, 2020 – two months after the state’s first coronavirus case was identified.

It was the first time this year that the total had fallen below a low of 1,594, prior to a summer surge of transition from the delta version last year, on June 7.

Dillah said the number of people with some immunity to vaccination or infection, as well as precautions such as mask-wearing and social distancing by some to avoid infection, have caused the total number to drop so low.

“Then there’s just this element of the virus that we don’t understand, how it behaves and is transmitted to the extent we would like,” Dillah said.

The availability of at-home testing has also contributed to the low number of active cases as the results are not required to be reported to the health department.

The lull is likely to be temporary, however, with data from wastewater monitoring sites in the United States raising concerns that the country could see a resurgence of coronavirus infections within the next few weeks.

“The [United Kingdom] And Europe, we are usually a few weeks behind them, and they are already seeing growth,” Dillah said.

Dallas, an Arkansas county, had no active cases for the second day in a row on Friday.

Three other counties, Lafayette, Monroe and Pike, each had just one.

The largest total, 252, was in Pulaski County, followed by Benton County, which had 115, and Washington County, which had 104.

On Friday also, Dilha said that from today, hospitals are not required to report the number of their COVID-19 patients to the health department on weekends and holidays.

She said she was being replaced “to reduce the reporting burden on hospitals”.

“If we have a change in trend, we will go back” reporting on weekends and holidays, Dillaha said.

Health Department spokeswoman Danielle McNeill said most hospitals would still report their numbers later this week. He said that the online COVID-19 dashboard of the Health Department would be updated based on the information reported.

She said the weekend update for hospital numbers on the dashboard would be “phased out”.

fewer hospitalizations

Falling for the 14th day in a row, the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 in the state fell from 21 on Friday to 183, the lowest level since June 7.

After rising a day earlier, the state’s number of virus patients who were on ventilators remained at 40.

The number in intensive care, which rose over the past two days, fell from six to 64, the smallest number since April 24.

The total number of cases in the state has increased to 828,889 since March 2020.

After declining over the past two days, the state’s total number of cases rose to an average daily increase of 463 over a period of seven consecutive days, still lower than the average of 493 a week ago.

down vaccination

The Department of Health’s vaccine dose increased by 1,230, 168 fewer than the daily increase from a week earlier.

Booster shots made up about 34% of the most recent increase.

The number of first doses increased by 424, which was 39 fewer than the first dose increase a week earlier.

After rising a day earlier, the average number of total doses administered each day over a rolling seven-day period fell to 1,129 on Friday, still well above a record low of 1,117 for a day in the week ending Wednesday.

The average for the first dose fell to 384.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of Arkansans who received at least one dose Friday stood at 66%, and those who were fully vaccinated stood at 53.8%.

Among those fully vaccinated, the percentage of those who received a booster dose was 38.3%.

Among the states and the District of Columbia, Arkansas ranked 37th in the percentage of its residents who had received at least one dose, and 46th, ahead of Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Wyoming, and Alabama, in the percentage who received at least one dose. was vaccinated from

Nationally, 76.8% of people had received at least one dose, and 65.3% were fully vaccinated.

Of the fully vaccinated population nationally, 44.5% had received a booster dose.

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