Drew County COVID-19; Flu update

Drew County lost two more people in the fight against COVID-19 this week, adding an additional death on Friday, Jan. 15 and Saturday, Jan. 16  bringing the total number of deaths in the county to 26. Drew County has experienced a slight increase in active COVID-19 cases for the second week after a month long decline following the Thanksgiving surge that filled hospitals across the state and in Drew County. The highest number of cases this week of 24 new cases identified on Friday, Jan. 15, was tied last weeks day for highest number of cases the week before, the lowest number for the highest number of the week for five weeks before last week. For the week beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 13 through Tuesday, Jan. 19, Drew County increased active cases from 160 active cases Tuesday, Jan. 12, to 166 active cases as of Tuesday, Jan. 19, continuing a slight upward curve that began again last week.

A steady week of most days logging more than double digits in new cases per day caused the upturn in cases to continue,  Wednesday, Jan. 13 added 22 new cases; Thursday, Jan. 14 had 12 new cases reported; Friday, Jan. 15  added 24 cases, Saturday, Jan.16, reported 16 cases; Sunday, Jan. 17, added 8, Monday, Jan. 18, the county logged 10 cases; followed by Tuesday, Jan. 19 adding 8, for a total of 100 cases added this week, just six less than last week, continuing the active number of case slight increase.

This brought the County’s cumulative total to 1726 cases as of Tuesday, Jan. 19.

There are currently 6.92 cases per 1,000 residents in Drew County, the same as last week’s rate.

Currently, Drew County has accounted for a total of 26 of the state’s death tally.

School District risks trend for the week of Jan. 4:

Monticello School District: Red (50-99 residents per 10,000 in the geographical district has tested positive in the last 14 days)

Drew Central School District: Red (50-99 residents per 10,000 in the geographical district has tested positive in the last 14 days)

Flu activity in the state has remained minimal with only 1,266 cases being reported state wide, an addition of 116 cases statewide since last week and only 1% of patients visiting Arkansas Emergency Departments presenting with Influenza-like-Illness with about the same percentage being reported for doctors visits. The break down for the type of flu in the state shows 34% showing an influenza A strain and 66% showing influenza B.

Arkansas has reported a total of 12 flu-related deaths this flu season, with this week adding three deaths. No nursing homes have reported influenza outbreaks so far this season.

Nationally, however, the proportion of deaths reported to the National Center for Health Statistics attributed to pneumonia and influenza is above the epidemic threshold this week.

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