The rate of new vaccinations has faltered in Arkansas, where just over half of the 5-and-older population is fully immunized. Meanwhile, active COVID-19 cases are falling while the death toll continues to climb across the state.
Statewide, active cases fell to 1,810 Tuesday, down by 899 in a week, according to theArkansas Department of Health. Cumulative cases increased by 3,410 in a week, for a total of 827,336.
The ADH reported a statewide COVID-19 death toll of 10,971 Tuesday, up by 211 in a week.
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arkansas fell to 216 Tuesday, down by 98 in a week, according to the ADH. Statewide, 39 patients were on ventilators Tuesday, a decrease of 12 from March 8.
State health officials had administered nearly 3.97 million vaccine doses to Arkansans by Tuesday, according to the ADH, with 370,788 people partially immunized and more than 1.57 million people fully immunized. Officials administered 8,299 new doses — including third and booster doses — in a week.
The nearly 1.57 million fully vaccinated Arkansans represent 55% of the state’s 5-and-up population. More than 69% of Americans 5 and older have been fully vaccinated, according to theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention.
Eighty percent of Arkansas’ vaccine supply — over 4.95 million doses — had been administered by Tuesday.
Washington County officials reported 127 active COVID-19 cases Tuesday, and Benton County officials reported 124 active cases, according to the ADH. Those numbers fell by 79 and 90, respectively, in a week.
The numbers of active and cumulative COVID-19 cases on the UA campus are impossible to accurately track since Pat Walker Health Center officials stopped publicly reporting totals Feb. 21.