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As an average of 1.46 million Americans are receiving a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine each day during the largest mass vaccination effort in history, about 10% of all Arkansans have now received at least one dose.

By Monday, just over 10,000 people per 100,000 in Arkansas had received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Just over 3,000 people per 100,000 had received their second dose, which is necessary to achieve immunity.

The state has administered 399,561 total doses, 65.4% of the 610,550 received and allocated to hospitals, long-term care facilities, pharmacies and other healthcare providers, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. Just 40% of the 49,400 doses allocated to CVS and Walgreens Pharmacies specifically for Arkansas’ long-term care population have been administered.

The number of vaccinations administered to residents of long-term care facilities and to other members of the Arkansas population increased by 496 and 1,946, respectively, for a total of 2,442 new vaccinations in Arkansas Monday, according to the ADH.

Statewide, total cumulative cases (confirmed and probable) increased by 10,879 between Feb. 1 and Monday, for a total of 307,373, according to the ADH. Cases rose by 637 between Sunday and Monday.

Monday’s total active cases continued a steep downward trend that began Jan. 9, falling to 15,320, a decrease of 1,004 in a day and 1,345 in a week, according to the ADH. Hospitalizations fell slightly to 777, down by four in a day and 112 in a week. Statewide, 142 patients were on ventilators Monday, an increase of 16 in a day and a net decrease of four in a week.

The ADH reported 30 new deaths Monday from confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19. The additional deaths bring the total death toll in Arkansas to 5,106, up 211 in a week.

In total, 286,917 confirmed and probable Arkansas cases were considered inactive by Monday, an increase of 1,611 from Sunday and 12,013 from Feb. 1.

Washington County reported 926 total active cases (confirmed and probable), and 28,416 total cumulative cases Monday. Benton County reported 1,208 total active cases and 26,005 total cumulative cases.

Total active cases decreased by 109 in a day and 312 in a week in Washington County. In Benton County, active cases fell by 86 in a day and 132 in a week. Total cumulative cases in each of the two counties increased by 697 and 825, respectively, in a week.

There were 37 confirmed active cases reported on the UA campus Monday, down 19 from the 56 reported Friday.

Of the active cases, 31 were students, one was a graduate assistant, two were staff members, two were faculty members and one was labeled as other, which includes on-campus vendors, contractors or other non-university employees, according to the UA COVID-19 Dashboard.

The dashboard lists 17 new positive cases and 42 new recoveries between the two-day reporting period ending Feb. 3, and the three-day reporting period ending Feb. 7. The spreadsheet linked to the dashboard lists 16 new cases. It is unclear which figure is correct. Of the new cases, at least six were identified through on-campus testing and at least 10 were self reported, according to the spreadsheet.

Between Aug. 10 and Feb. 7, UA health officials administered 29,977 COVID-19 tests on campus. Of those tests, 1,322 yielded positive results, bringing the average positivity rate to 4.4%.

Sarah Komar is the news editor for The Arkansas Traveler, where she previously worked as a staff reporter in 2019 and early 2020.

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