JONESBORO — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases grew by 9.7 percent in Craighead County last week, and six other Northeast Arkansas counties experienced double-digit increases, according to data compiled from the Arkansas Department of Health.
Statewide, the number of confirmed cases grew by 6.18 percent between Oct. 5 and Sunday.
Locally, the growth seemed to accelerate during the latter part of last week, as Craighead County added 51 new cases on Thursday, 74 on Friday and 52 on Saturday, before dropping back to 24 Sunday.
Greene County’s caseload rose by 13.3 percent, adding 28 new cases on Thursday, 25 Friday, 23 Saturday and 16 on Sunday.
Though the numbers were lower, Lawrence County experienced an 18.7 percent jump in new infections, including 34 new confirmed cases last Thursday, 19 Friday, 13 Saturday and seven on Sunday.
Also, Jackson’s county added 17.1 percent more cases to its total.
Mississippi County, which has been among the hardest-hit counties in the state, had the lowest growth rate in confirmed cases at 4.2 percent.
More troubling is growth in the number of active cases. On Oct. 5, Greene County had 99 active cases. By Sunday, that number was 149 – a 65.6 percent jump. Craighead County had 473 active cases on Sunday, which is 20 percent more than on Oct. 5.
Many of the active cases are among nursing home residents.
In Craighead County, Monette Manor had 54 active cases among residents and 23 employees on Monday, while Ridgecrest Health & Rehabilitation reported active cases in 25 residents and 12 employees.
Lawrence Hall at Walnut Ridge had 42 residents and 22 employees with active cases. Eleven residents and three employees of Woodbriar Nursing Home of Harrisburg had active cases, and there were active cases among 10 employees at the Waters of Newport.
On Monday, the Arkansas Department of Health reported 654 new cases, including 32 in Craighead County. That brought the total of confirmed cases since the pandemic reached Arkansas in March to 88,870. The report showed 17 more deaths, including one in Craighead County, bringing the statewide total of deaths confirmed as being the result of the virus to 1,438.
The new cases were based on the results of 9,894 tests.
The state had 7,839 active cases; 608 hospitalized, which is up 32 from Sunday; and 104 on ventilators, which is up 5 from Sunday.
Eight school districts in the region had five or more active cases on Monday, including 14 in the Jonesboro district. Eight districts across the state had more.
The Newport district had 12, Brookland and Marked Tree had nine each, Greene County Tech and Jackson County (Tuckerman) had seven, Manila had six and Trumann had five. The health department doesn’t disclose districts with fewer than five cases. Statewide, there were 549 active cases in the public schools.
The college campus with the most cases is Harding University in Searcy with 82. Harding Academy had an additional 13, leading all private K-12 schools in the state.
The University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus had 56 active cases, according to the health department report, followed by the University of Central Arkansas at Conway with 54, Arkansas Tech University in Russellville with 24 and the main campus of Arkansas State University with 16. The university’s website reported a total of 35 active cases Monday, including four among students living on campus, 24 students living off campus and seven employes.
Northeast Arkansas COVID-19 cases by county through Monday:
Craighead – 3,528,confirmed (up 32 from Sunday), 128 probable (up 1), 463 active cases; 43,766 total tests; 27 confirmed deaths, 3 probable.
Greene – 1,042 confirmed (up 4), 58 probable (up 1); 143 active; 17,265 total tests; 15 confirmed deaths,
Lawrence – 547 confirmed (up 8), 54 probable (up 1); 125 active; 5,851 total tests; 13 confirmed deaths.
Poinsett – 774 confirmed (up 7), 39 probable (up 1); 108 active; 10,527 total tests; 13 confirmed deaths, 1 probable.
Mississippi – 1,808 confirmed (up 29), 58 probable (up 3); 122 active cases, 14,381 total tests; 43 confirmed deaths, 1 probable.
Jackson – 404 confirmed (up 6), 142 probable (down 2); 107 active cases; 7,982 total tests; 4 confirmed deaths, 1 probable.
Randolph – 456 confirmed (up 1), 79 probable (up 8); 64 active cases; 6,300 total tests, 18 confirmed deaths, 5 probable.
Cross – 477 confirmed (up 3), 29 probable (unchanged); 35 active cases; 6,005 total tests, 16 confirmed deaths, 2 probable.
Clay – 361 confirmed (unchanged), 20 probable (up 1); 49 active cases; 5,472 total tests, 9 confirmed deaths, 2 probable.