JONESBORO — Hospitalizations as the result of the coronavirus rose by 26 statewide Thursday as a coalition of health care organizations announced plans for a mass vaccination event a week from Saturday in Jonesboro.
The March 6 vaccination event for the region will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First National Bank Arena, 217 Olympic Drive on the Arkansas State University campus. It’s designated for Northeast Arkansas residents who are:
Age 65 and older.
Health care workers.
First responders, including firefighters, police and EMS.
Educators, including those employed by K-12, child care and higher education institutions.
The City of Jonesboro, Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas State University, NEA Baptist Health System, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at A-State, St. Bernards Healthcare and UAMS, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health, are collaborating to host and staff the event.
Interested participants can register by clicking https://bit.ly/3uo9hW9 or by calling 870-680-8880 to schedule an appointment. Those who receive a vaccine on March 6 will be required to return to First National Bank Arena on April 3 to receive their second dose.
“Vaccination is vital to our ability to end this pandemic and get back to our normal routines, and we are very proud of the leaders in our community who have stepped up to make this event happen,” Jonesboro Mayor Harold Copenhaver and Craighead County Judge Marvin Day said in a joint statement Thursday. “This is a collaborative effort to serve the entire region of Northeast Arkansas, and we’re grateful for the efforts of so many who are volunteering to provide this service to our community.”
The health department reported 522 people were hospitalized statewide, an increase of 26 from Wednesday, and 108 were on ventilators, up by eight. In Northeast Arkansas, 59 were hospitalized and five were on ventilators.
The state reported 726 new cases of the disease Thursday, including 574 that were confirmed through lab testing. The number of active cases rose by 44 to 4,720.
The death toll rose to 5,397, an increase of 10, including one each in Greene and Poinsett counties.
Northeast Arkansas COVID-19 cases by county through Thursday:
Craighead – 11,106 confirmed (up 22 from Wednesday), 1,632 probable (up 2); 123 active cases (up 1); 158 confirmed deaths, 19 probable.
Greene – 4,615 confirmed (up 11), 1,185 probable (up 5); 48 active (up 1); 63 confirmed deaths, 12 probable.
Lawrence – 1,630 confirmed (up 4); 378 probable (up 3); 20 active (up 5); 37 confirmed deaths, 4 probable.
Poinsett – 2,672 confirmed (up 1), 388 probable (unchanged); 24 active (down 1); 69 confirmed deaths, 16 probable.
Mississippi – 4,950 confirmed (up 12), 599 probable (up 1); 42 active cases (up 8); 94 confirmed deaths, 18 probable.
Jackson – 2,409 confirmed (unchanged), 725 probable (unchanged); 10 active cases (down 2); 21 confirmed deaths, 12 probable.
Randolph – 1,502 confirmed (up 1), 432 probable (unchanged) 26 active cases (unchanged); 35 confirmed deaths, 14 probable.
Cross – 1,484 confirmed (up 2), 414 probable (unchanged); 19 active cases (unchanged); 45 confirmed deaths, 3 probable.
Clay – 1,285 confirmed (up 3), 391 probable (unchanged); 21 active cases (up 3); 33 confirmed deaths, 13 probable.