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COVID-19 update: College-educated vaccination rates higher

May 25, 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's website:

• 265,921 cumulative confirmed cases, up 52 from Sunday.

• 133.57 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, up one from Sunday.

• 3,039,168 PCR test reports, up 1,678 from Sunday.

• 8.7% cumulative PCR infection rate, down from 8.8% Sunday.

• 74,265 cumulative probable cases, down three from Sunday.

• 14.5% cumulative antigen infection rate, no change from Sunday.

• 1,894 active confirmed and probable cases, down 43 from Sunday.

• 332,416 recoveries of confirmed and probable cases, up 189 from Sunday.

• 2,612,360 vaccine doses received, no change from Sunday.

• 1,932,022 doses given, up 2,371 from Sunday.

• 195 hospitalizations, down one from Sunday.

• 39 cases on a ventilator, up six from Sunday.

• 92 ICU patients, up eight from Sunday.

• 4,618 confirmed deaths, up three from Sunday.

• 1,202 probable deaths, no change from Sunday.

• 2,089 nursing home deaths, up one from Sunday.

• 8,627 cumulative confirmed cases in Garland County, up one from Sunday.

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

• 117,681 PCR and antigen test reports, up 57 from Sunday.

• 89,552 private lab reports, up 58 from Sunday.

• 28,129 public lab reports, down one from Sunday.

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

• 74 active confirmed cases in Garland County, down two from Sunday.

• 8,343 recoveries of confirmed cases in Garland County, up three from Sunday.

• 1,633 cumulative probable cases in Garland County, no change from Sunday.

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

• 210 confirmed deaths, no change from Sunday.

• 49 probable deaths, no change from Sunday.

College-educated people have higher rates of vaccination than those without a college degree, according to the results of a poll the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted last month.

The random survey of 2,097 people conducted April 15-29 showed whites, African Americans and Hispanics with four-year college degrees were more likely to be vaccinated than people in those groups without college degrees.

Seventy-six percent of college-educated white respondents said they were vaccinated, compared to 51% of whites without a college degree. Seventy-eight percent of African American respondents with a four-year degree said they were vaccinated, compared to 43% without a college degree. Sixty-one percent of college-educated Hispanics said they were vaccinated, compared to 45% without a college degree.

Education levels also played a role in vaccination rates for Democrats and Republicans. Eighty-five percent of college-educated Democratic respondents said they were vaccinated, compared to 58% of Democrats without a college degree.

Sixty-three percent of college-educated Republican respondents said they were vaccinated, compared to 39% of Republicans without a college degree.

Garland County's polymerase chain reaction-confirmed infection curve fell Monday for the first time since May 15, as a total of five new confirmed cases were reported Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

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