For this, the fiftieth week of 2022, ADH reported a cumulative 17,200 positive influenza tests, up from a cumulative 15,900 as of Dec. 10. So far this flu season there have been 86 influenza-related deaths, including one pediatric death. Of these, 77% were not vaccinated. That's up from a cumulative 64 flu-related deaths as of last week's report, and approaching three times the total number of flu-related deaths in 2021, which totaled 30.
The food insecurity rate in Arkansas exceeds the national average, and experts from the Governor's Food Desert Working Group presented findings and recommendations to combat the problem on Friday.
The Arkansas Department of Health reported 19 flu deaths in the week ending on Dec. 10, which brought the total fatalities to 64.
No matter how you measure it, COVID is getting worse in Arkansas.
Director Thompson announced the data today.
The health policy board of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement issued the statement.
Because Arkansas’s per capita income is lower than most states, it has a fairly high percentage of people who would qualify for generous income-based subsidies. In several counties, the average annual subsidy received by consumers was over $5,000 — high enough to defray most of the cost of a monthly premium. But, Wilson said, many Arkansans still aren’t taking that deal.