Following a slight increase at the beginning of March, statewide COVID-19 cases have dropped below 3,000. Meanwhile, more than 10% of Arkansas residents are now fully vaccinated.
As of Monday, 848,983 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Arkansas, accounting for 60.2% of the state’s total supply, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.
Across the state, 10.4% of residents are fully vaccinated, and 19.4% have received at least one dose. With a vaccination rate of 17,033 doses per day, it will take an estimated seven months for 75% of Arkansas’s population to receive two doses of the vaccine.
Members of the UA community eligible through phases 1A and 1B of the state’s vaccination plan can now make appointments to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at the UA Pat Walker Health Center.
Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz announced March 9 that all UA employees and students deemed essential workers are now eligible for vaccination. Patients can make an appointment through the Patient Web Portal on the Pat Walker website.
On campus, there were two new cases reported Monday for a total of 26 active cases, down 13 from Friday, according to the UA COVID-19 Dashboard. Of the active cases, 21 are students, one is a faculty member, one is a staff member and three are listed as others. Those classified as others include vendors, contractors and other non-university employees who have been on campus during the fall or spring semesters.
There were 15 new recoveries on campus between March 12-15, according to the dashboard.
Statewide confirmed and probable active COVID-19 cases dropped to 2,863 Monday from the 3,593 reported on March 8, according to the ADH. Between Sunday and Monday, active cases fell by 222. There were 117 new cases reported Monday, down from 130 Sunday.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson tweeted Monday that the updated active case total was the lowest the state has seen since early June.
“We are making great progress in decreasing our new case numbers, but we must continue to get vaccinated,” Hutchinson said. “The best thing each of us can do is get the vaccine when it’s our turn.”
The ADH reported 223 new recoveries Monday, for a total of 250,717. Deaths from confirmed and probable cases of the virus rose by seven between Sunday and Monday, for a total of 5,481 COVID-19 deaths in Arkansas. Total deaths rose by 138 from March 8.
Across the state, 250 patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 on Monday, up seven in a day but down 88 in a week. All-time hospitalizations in Arkansas have now surpassed 15,000.
On Monday, 58 patients were on ventilators, down 16 from the previous week.
Washington County health officials reported 275 active cases Monday, for a cumulative total of 29,841 cases, according to the ADH. Benton County reported 319, for an all-time total of 27,769 cases.