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COVID-19 update: Testing demand low after holiday weekend

by David Showers | September 8, 2021 at 4:04 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

The 583 new cases reported Tuesday were the fewest since early July, lowering the infection curve to its lowest point since July 31.

Tuesday's new cases coincided with a low number of tests added to the testing total. Just over 3,500 polymerase chain reaction tests were added. More than 13,000 PCR tests were added the previous Tuesday, when more than 2,600 new cases were reported.

The 11 new cases reported Tuesday in Garland County were the fewest since June 29. The county also had low testing numbers, with fewer than 200 added to its total. Twice that number were added the previous Tuesday, when 63 new cases were reported.

The chances of a vaccinated person contracting COVID-19 are one in 5,000 per day, according to The New York Times' analysis of COVID-19 cases reported by vaccination status in Utah, Virginia and King County, Wash.

The data showed breakthrough cases are less common than COVID-19 cases in unvaccinated people.

A report published last month in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report said fully vaccinated people accounted for a quarter of 43,127 COVID-19 cases reported in Los Angeles County, Calif., from May 1 to July 25.

The unvaccinated accounted for 71.4% of the cases, and the partially vaccinated accounted for 3.3%. Unvaccinated Los Angeles County residents' rate of infection was five times higher than the vaccinated. Their rate of hospitalization was 29 times higher than the vaccinated.

"These data indicate that authorized vaccines protect against SARS-CoV-2 infection and severe COVID-19, even with increased community transmission of the newly predominant delta variant," the report said.

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

The Arkansas Department of Health is no longer reporting confirmed and probable cases separately. The following stats were posted Tuesday on the Health Department's website:

• 465,315 cumulative cases, up 583 from Monday.

• 1,774.86 rolling seven-day average of new cases, down 291.85 from Monday.

• 3,703,878 PCR test reports, up 3,502 from Monday.

• 9.4% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Monday.

• 19,793 active cases, down 1,882 from Monday.

• 6,392 active juvenile cases, down 692 from Monday.

• 438,299 recoveries, up 2,426 from Monday.

• 3,563,170 vaccine doses received, no change from Monday.

• 2,754,490 doses given, up 2,540 from Monday.

• 1,228 hospitalizations, up eight from Monday.

• 321 cases on ventilators, up one from Monday.

• 513 ICU patients, up nine from Monday.

• 7,108 deaths, up 38 from Monday.

• 2,156 nursing home deaths, up one from Monday.

• 14,847 cumulative cases in Garland County, up 11 from Monday.

• 52.57 rolling seven-day average of new cases, down 7.43 from Monday.

• 146,500 PCR and antigen test reports, up 168 from Monday.

• 10.2% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Monday.

• 502 active cases in Garland County, down 49 from Monday.

• 14,002 recoveries in Garland County, up 56 from Monday.

• 343 deaths, up four from Monday.

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