JONESBORO — While Arkansas froze last week, so did the numbers of new coronavirus cases in Northeast Arkansas.
But while most people were unable to get out of their homes to submit to tests, the cold weather didn’t stop people from dying of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. From Feb. 15 through Sunday, the statewide death toll rose by 82 from 5,275 to 5,375.
Among the past week’s deaths were three in Craighead County, two in Clay and one each in Greene, Poinsett and Cross counties.
During that time, Craighead County recorded a total of 57 new virus cases, either through lab testing or the quicker point of care testing. Greene County had just 16 new cases, Mississippi had 16, Randolph 14 and Cross with 11. The remaining area counties were in single digits for the entire week. Jackson and Poinsett counties had only six new cases.
On Monday, the Arkansas Department of Health reported just 245 new cases statewide, based on the results of just 2,461 tests. The death toll rose by six to 5,363. The number of active COVID-19 cases dropped by 771 to 4,899. Pulaski County had the most new cases Monday with 34. Craighead had a total of nine new cases.
Statewide hospitalizations due to the virus rose by 11 to 588; 225 were in intensive care, an increase of six; and 109 patients were on ventilators, down by five.
In Northeast Arkansas, hospitalizations were down five to 60; ICU patients declined by four to 11; and six were on ventilators, an increase of one since Sunday.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a news release that new and active cases remain lower than what’s been seen in the past few weeks.
“We’re distributing vaccine doses throughout the state and encourage those who are eligible to make sure they’re signed up,” Hutchinson said. “We expect vaccine and testing numbers to increase this week with clear roads across the state.”
Northeast Arkansas COVID-19 cases by county through Monday:
Craighead – 11,065 confirmed (up 5 from Sunday), 1,627 probable (up 4); 147 active cases (down 33); 158 confirmed deaths, 19 probable.
Greene – 4,594 confirmed (up 4), 1,176 probable (up 1); 51 active (unchanged); 62 confirmed deaths, 12 probable.
Lawrence – 1,623 confirmed (up 1); 372 probable (unchanged); 22 active (down 6); 37 confirmed deaths, 4 probable.
Poinsett – 2,666 confirmed (unchanged), 388 probable (unchanged); 29 active (down 8); 59 confirmed deaths, 16 probable.
Mississippi – 4,921 confirmed (unchanged), 595 probable (unchanged); 54 active cases (down 12); 94 confirmed deaths, 18 probable.
Jackson – 2,408 confirmed (unchanged), 721 probable (unchanged); 11 active cases (down 8); 21 confirmed deaths, 12 probable.
Randolph – 1,494 confirmed (unchanged), 432 probable (up 3); 20 active cases (down 2); 35 confirmed deaths, 14 probable.
Cross – 1,480 confirmed (up 3), 412 probable (unchanged); 23 active cases (up 2); 45 confirmed deaths, 3 probable.
Clay – 1,277 confirmed (up 1), 388 probable (up 1); 15 active cases (down 2); 33 confirmed deaths, 13 probable.