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COVID-19 update: Number of vaccinated in county up

by David Showers | May 27, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.

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 Wednesday on the Arkansas Department of Health's website:

• 266,222 cumulative confirmed cases, up 112 from Tuesday.

• 130 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, down 7.43 from Tuesday.

• 3,044,716 PCR test reports, up 3,018 from Tuesday.

• 8.7% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Tuesday.

• 74,476 cumulative probable cases, up 71 from Tuesday.

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

• 332,840 recoveries of confirmed and probable cases, up 195 from Tuesday.

• 2,618,130 vaccine doses received, up 380 from Tuesday.

• 1,950,001 doses given, up 8,601 from Tuesday.

• 189 hospitalizations, down 11 from Tuesday.

• 33 cases on a ventilator, down four from Tuesday.

• 82 ICU patients, down eight from Tuesday.

• 4,623 confirmed deaths, up two from Tuesday.

• 1,204 probable deaths, up one from Tuesday.

• 2,090 nursing home deaths, up one from Tuesday.

• 8,652 cumulative confirmed cases in Garland County, up two from Tuesday.

• 9.86 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, down one from Tuesday.

• 117,946 PCR and antigen test reports, up 150 from Tuesday.

• 89,813 private lab reports, up 147 from Tuesday.

• 28,133 public lab reports, up three from Tuesday.

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

• 85 active confirmed cases in Garland County, down nine from Tuesday.

• 8,356 recoveries of confirmed cases in Garland County, up 11 from Tuesday.

• 1,647 cumulative probable cases in Garland County, up one from Tuesday.

• 35 active probable cases in Garland County, down 14 from Tuesday.

• 211 confirmed deaths, no change from Tuesday.

• 49 probable deaths, no change from Tuesday.

The number of fully vaccinated Garland County residents increased by almost 6% in the last two weeks, according to a report the Health Department provided Tuesday.

The county had 27,420 fully vaccinated residents as of Tuesday, up from 25,913 on May 12. The number who have received at least one vaccine shot increased to 34,349, a more than 3% increase from the May 12 report. There are about 100,000 people in Garland County.

Tuesday's report showed 882,508 people statewide are fully vaccinated, up from 822,457 on May 12. The number of Arkansans who've received at least one vaccine dose increased to 1,122,345, a more than 5% increase from the May 12 report. There are about 3 million people in Arkansas.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that half of the state's adult population has received at least one vaccine dose, but that the rate of vaccination trailed the national average.

"It is progress for Arkansas, but it shows we have work to do," he said.

Earlier this month, he set a goal of vaccinating half of the state's entire population by the end of July.

Dr. Jose Romero, the state's secretary of health, said 6.4% of the state's 12- to 15-year-olds have been vaccinated since Pfizer's two-dose, messenger RNA-based vaccine was authorized for emergency use earlier this month. Moderna said Tuesday that its two-dose messenger-based vaccine was 100% effective in a study of more than 3,000 12 to 17-year-olds.

"Our vaccinations have increased because we added 12 plus, as well as the push from our employers," Hutchinson said. "I'm much more pleased with our vaccination trend than I have been in previous weeks. I think it's picking up, and people are continuing to get vaccinated."

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