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COVID-19 update: Health units to offer vaccine next week

April 24, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). - Image by CDC via The Associated Press

As a service to our readers, The Sentinel-Record publishes updates released by the city of Hot Springs and the state of Arkansas.

The following stats were posted Friday on the Arkansas Department of Health website:

• 262,078 cumulative confirmed cases, up 168 from Thursday.

• 123.43 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, down 0.43 from Thursday.

• 2,948,060 PCR test reports, up 3,466 from Thursday.

• 8.9% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Thursday.

• 72,380 cumulative probable cases, up 68 from Thursday.

• 15.4% cumulative antigen infection rate, down from 15.5% Thursday.

• 1,960 active confirmed and probable cases, up 37 from Thursday.

• 326,728 recoveries of confirmed and probable cases, up 194 from Thursday.

• 2,436,470 vaccine doses received, up 49,650 from Thursday.

• 1,618,156 doses given, up 18,457 from Thursday.

• 153 hospitalizations, down 18 from Thursday.

• 23 cases on a ventilator, up one from Thursday.

• 59 ICU patients, down seven from Thursday.

• 4,539 confirmed deaths, up four from Thursday.

• 1,177 probable deaths, up one from Thursday.

• 2,072 nursing home deaths, up one from Thursday.

• 8,493 cumulative confirmed cases in Garland County, up four from Thursday.

• 1.71 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, no change from Thursday.

• 114,862 PCR and antigen test reports, up 72 from Thursday.

• 86,899 private lab reports, up 67 from Thursday.

• 27,963 public lab reports, up five from Thursday.

• 8.5% cumulative PCR infection rate, down from 8.6% Thursday.

• 24 active confirmed cases in Garland County, up one from Thursday.

• 8,259 recoveries of confirmed cases in Garland County, up three from Thursday.

• 1,601 cumulative probable cases in Garland County, up one from Thursday.

• Six active probable cases in Garland County, up one from Thursday.

• 210 confirmed deaths, no change from Thursday.

• 49 probable deaths, no change from Thursday.

The Health Department's local health units will offer vaccines starting next week, the agency said Friday in a news release. The Moderna vaccine will be available to anyone 18 or older. Appointments for the second shot of the two-dose regimen will be made when the first dose is administered.

"Anyone interested in scheduling an appointment may call the health unit closest to them or the statewide vaccine call-line at 1-800-985-6030," The release said. "After-hours appointments may be available on Tuesdays. Health units are in every county in the state.

"There is no out-of-pocket expense for the vaccine. People should bring their insurance cards to the health unit. If they do not have insurance, the vaccine will still be available at no charge."

The phone number for the Garland County Health Unit, 1425 Malvern Ave., is 624-3394.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration lifted their recommended pause Friday on use of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The suspension was lifted after the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended lifting the pause the CDC and FDA recommended April 13.

The ACIP voted 10-4 to reinstate the vaccine's emergency-use authorization. New fact sheets warning of the risk of blood clots will be provided to patients when they make an appointment. Fifteen out of the roughly 8 million people who were given the vaccine developed rare blood clots.

All 15 cases were women. Three died, and seven are still in the hospital.

Regulators said the risk of developing blood clots was seven per 1 million doses given to women 18 to 49 and 0.9 per 1 million doses given to women 50 and older.

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