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COVID-19 update: State to resume J&J vaccinations

April 27, 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 Monday on the Arkansas Department of Health website:

• 262,293 cumulative confirmed cases, up 52 from Sunday.

• 117.29 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, down 0.28 from Sunday.

• 2,954,376 PCR test reports, up 1,316 from Sunday.

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

• 72,476 cumulative probable cases, up 11 from Sunday.

• 15.4% cumulative antigen infection rate, no change from Sunday.

• 1,805 confirmed cases, down 117 from Sunday.

• 327,188 recoveries of confirmed and probable cases, up 177 from Sunday.

• 2,468,010 vaccine doses received, no change from Sunday.

• 1,646,751 doses given, up 3,102 from Sunday.

• 170 hospitalizations, up 18 from Sunday.

• 27 cases on a ventilator, up three from Sunday.

• 68 ICU patients, up one from Sunday.

• 4,542 confirmed deaths, up one from Sunday.

• 1,178 probable deaths, up one from Sunday.

• 2,072 nursing home deaths, no change from Sunday.

• 8,499 cumulative confirmed cases in Garland County, up three from Sunday.

• 1.86 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, down 0.14 from Sunday.

• 115,000 PCR and antigen test reports, up 18 from Sunday.

• 87,024 private lab reports, up 17 from Sunday.

• 27,976 public lab reports, up one from Sunday.

• 8.5% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Sunday.

• 22 active confirmed cases in Garland County, no change from Sunday.

• 8,267 recoveries of confirmed cases in Garland County, up three from Sunday.

• 1,601 cumulative probable cases in Garland County, down one from Sunday.

• Six active probable cases in Garland County, no change from Sunday.

• 210 confirmed deaths, no change from Sunday.

• 49 probable deaths, no change from Sunday.

The state will resume use of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday.

"Vaccinations are the most important tool we have to neutralize COVID-19," he said in a news release. "The resumption of the J&J distribution allows us to say with confidence that the vaccine is as safe as the first two. This will re-energize our campaign to persuade everyone to be immunized.

"Vaccinations are the only way we can bring this global pandemic to an end. Now that the pause is lifted, the J&J vaccine will be available through many pharmacies and Arkansas's local public health units. Don't wait any longer to get your shot."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration lifted their recommended pause on use of the vaccine shortly after the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices recommended so Friday. The ACIP voted 10-4 to reinstate the vaccine's emergency use authorization.

The recommended suspension lasted 10 days.

Fifteen out of the roughly 8 million people who were given the vaccine developed rare blood clots. All were women. The CDC 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.

New fact sheets warning of the risk of blood clots will be provided to patients when they make an appointment.

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