Arkansas Department of Health

The end-of-week report on active coronavirus cases in Arkansas from the state Department of Health provides the following information:

There were 6,641 active COVID-19 cases as of 12:30 p.m. July 31. 52 percent were female, 48 percent were male. 39 percent were white, 17 percent were African-American, 11 percent were Latino/Hispanic, 22 percent were native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 7 percent were “other.” 32 percent were in the 25-45 age group, 26 percent were in the 45-64 age group, 15 percent were under 18, 13 percent were 18-24 and 14 percent were 65 and older.

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Active nursing home cases include 971 residents and 615 nursing care workers. 159 residents have died; one staff member has died.

Active cases in prisons, intermediate care facilities and residential care facilities include 1,419 inmates/ residents and 366 staff. 29 inmates/residents have died, 1 staff member has died.

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There are 279 active cases in poultry plants.

There are 223 COVID-19 patients in ICU, 99 of them on ventilators. There are 150 ICU beds available for all patients statewide.

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507 Arkansans are in the hospital with the disease. 453 Arkansans have died of it.

Of all these numbers, among the most interesting are these: The health department reports that In the 14 days prior to diagnosis, only 242 positive cases went to a grocery store or retail store. That produced a percentage of 4 percent, so if that is based on the active case number, 6,050 people were contacted.

Is it possible that only 242 people out of 6,050 contacted really have not been in a grocery store (or retail establishment) in two weeks? Or are people not being straight with contact tracers? 

Arkansas Department of Health

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That also leaves 600 people not contacted, but that number is perhaps not surprising, given the active case total includes cases reported in just the last 24 hours.

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