The COVID-19 report today shows a significant drop in the number hospitalized, down 86 from the 1,265 reported yesterday. So that’s something.
The number of new cases rose to 276,114, up 2,520 from yesterday. That’s a big number, though not as big as it was several weeks ago. But it’s worth noting that testing numbers are low.
And numbers are disturbing from places like the Little Rock School District which added 25 positive tests and 170 more students and staff in quarantine in just the lat 24 hours, with Roberts Elementary going al virtual through the end of the week,
Also, there were 55 more deaths, as the staggering toll mounts. The number of active cases continues to drop — to 20,391 from 20,940 yesterday.
I’m happy to report I got my first shot at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Hats off to Baptist. Directions to parking and entry were easy to follow. The assembly line inside couldn’t have worked more smoothly, from initial temperature screening, to ID check, to completion of the form to register the shot, to the shot itself to a holding area to wait to be sure there are no bad reactions.
And this is why a subscription to the Arkansas Blog is worthwhile. I learned from a reader’s comment here several days ago about the process to get a shot at Baptist, which is geared up for high-volume distribution. I created a MyChart account on their website several days ago and then scheduled an appointment online. My wife and I were able to get appointments this afternoon and we are scheduled for a return in three weeks. So far so good.
I’ll add the daily summary from the governor when it arrives. UPDATE:
We again saw a decrease in active cases across the state today. This is the fourth consecutive day of a decline & we have over 4,700 fewer active cases than this time last week. It’s up to each of us to ensure we stay on this trend and defeat this virus. https://t.co/bcXkxzHCm0 pic.twitter.com/bv3xip9rkk
— Gov. Asa Hutchinson (@AsaHutchinson) January 20, 2021
The hospital numbers at 2 p.m.
Current hospitalizations: 1,179
Total Beds: 8,922
Total Beds Available: 1,916
Total ICU Beds: 1,176
Total ICU Beds Available: 48
Total Vents: 1,116
Total Vents Available: 689
Total Covid patients in ICU: 388
Total Covid patients on vents: 212