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COVID-19 update: Vaccination numbers drop

April 30, 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 Thursday on the Arkansas Department of Health website:

• 262,763 cumulative confirmed cases, up 156 from Wednesday.

• 121.86 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, up 6.86 from Wednesday.

• 2,969,063 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, up 4,638 from Wednesday.

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

• 72,766 cumulative probable cases, up 84 from Wednesday.

• 15.3% cumulative antigen infection rate, no change from Wednesday.

• 1,961 active confirmed and probable cases, up 53 from Wednesday.

• 327,777 recoveries of confirmed and probable cases, up 178 from Wednesday.

• 2,507,780 vaccine doses received, up 1,400 from Wednesday.

• 1,694,919 doses given, up 14,774 from Wednesday.

• 166 hospitalizations, up one from Wednesday.

• 29 cases on a ventilator, up two from Wednesday.

• 69 ICU patients, down four from Wednesday.

• 4,555 confirmed deaths, up eight from Wednesday.

• 1,180 probable deaths, up one from Wednesday.

• 2,074 nursing home deaths, no change from Wednesday.

• 8,519 cumulative confirmed cases in Garland County, up five from Wednesday.

• 4.29 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, up 0.58 from Wednesday.

• 115,385 PCR and antigen test reports, up 135 from Wednesday.

• 87,300 private lab reports, up 30 from Wednesday.

• 28,085 public lab reports, up 105 from Wednesday.

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

• 34 active confirmed cases in Garland County, up two from Wednesday.

• 8,275 recoveries of confirmed cases in Garland County, up three from Wednesday.

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

• 210 confirmed deaths, no change from Wednesday.

• 49 probable deaths, no change from Wednesday.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday's vaccination numbers were lower than the previous Thursday's, a downturn not unique to Arkansas.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the average number of daily shots administered nationwide has declined by 20% in the last two weeks, a time frame that coincided with the Food and Drug Administration's recommendation to suspend use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after 15 of the roughly 8 million people who received the single-dose vaccine developed a rare form of blood clots.

The FDA reinstated the vaccine's emergency-use authorization last week. Arkansas resumed used Monday. Compared to the six weeks leading up to the April 13 pause, the subsequent 16 days saw a more than 14% drop in the average number of daily shots administered in Arkansas.

The daily average fell from more than 19,000 to below 17,000.

Twenty percent of the more than 1,800 adults who responded to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll last month said they would not get vaccinated or do so only if it's required.

Another 17% said they were waiting to see the vaccine's effect on other people.

Three in 10 Republicans and white Evangelicals said they will definitely not get the vaccine.

One in five adults living in rural areas said the same thing.

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