COVID & Flu update - Feb. 10
Drew County lost one more person in the fight against COVID-19 this week, adding an additional death on Monday, Feb. 8, bringing the total number of deaths in the county to 34. Drew County logged a total of 51 new cases this week, 22 less than last week, and the number helped continue the decrease in cases the County has identified for the sixth week in a row, with active cases dropping from 118 on Tuesday, Feb. 2, to 91 active cases on Tuesday, Feb. 9, a decrease of 27 cases. The highest number of cases this week of 12 new cases identified on Saturday, Feb. 6, helped continue the downward trend since the Thanksgiving spike of 74 as the highest number of cases in one day.
A steady week of lower cases identified per day caused the downward turn in cases, Wednesday, Feb. 3 added 9 new cases; Thursday, Feb. 4 had 5 new cases reported, the highest single day of the week; Friday, Feb. 5, added 11 cases, Saturday, Feb. 6, reported 12 cases; Sunday, Feb. 7, added 2, Monday, Feb. 8, the county logged 9 cases; followed by Tuesday, Feb. 9 adding 3, for a total of 51 cases added this week, 22 less cases than the county added last week. This brought the County’s cumulative total to 1925 cases as of Tuesday, Feb. 9.
There are currently 3.68 cases per 1,000 residents in Drew County, 1.23 cases less than last week’s 4.91.
Currently, Drew County has accounted for a total of 34 of the state’s 5148 deaths.
Tuesday, Feb. 9, Governor Hutchinson released the following statement on the states COVID-19 numbers:
"The best news today is that our hospitalizations decreased by 69; but it is disappointing that our deaths because of COVID-19 have now exceeded 5,000 Arkansans. Our heart goes out to those families who have lost loved ones. All of this is a reminder that our actions make a difference."
School District risks trend for the week of Feb. 1:
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 1,517 cases being reported state wide, an addition of no 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 35% showing an influenza A strain and 65% showing influenza B.
Arkansas has reported a total of 13 flu-related deaths this flu season, with this week adding no new 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.