Hospitalizations at spring 2021 peaks Friday

As a service to our readers, The Sentinel-Record publishes updates released by the city of Hot Springs and the state of Arkansas.

The following stats were posted Friday on the Arkansas Department of Health’s website:

• 269,148 cumulative confirmed cases, up 208 from Thursday.

• 153 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, up 0.86 from Thursday.

• 3,097,467 PCR test reports, up 2,846 from Thursday.

• 8.7% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Thursday.

• 76,073 active confirmed and probable cases, up 68 from Thursday.

• 14.3% cumulative antigen infection rate, no change from Thursday.

• 336,862 recoveries of confirmed and probable cases, up 191 from Thursday.

• 2,679,100 vaccine doses received, up 3,640 from Thursday.

• 2,075,439 doses given, up 6,361 from Thursday.

• 235 hospitalizations, up 16 from Thursday.

• 58 cases on a ventilator, up two from Thursday.

• 116 ICU admissions, no change from Thursday.

• 4,663 confirmed deaths, up five from Thursday.

• 1,211 probable deaths, no change from Thursday.

• 2,091 nursing home deaths, no change from Thursday.

• 8,747 cumulative confirmed cases in Garland County, up three from Thursday.

• 4.57 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, down 1.43 from Thursday.

• 119,767 PCR and antigen test reports, up 128 from Thursday.

• 91,590 private lab reports, up 125 from Thursday.

• 28,177 public lab reports, up three from Thursday.

• 8.5% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Thursday.

• 41 active confirmed cases in Garland County, down three from Thursday.

• 8,491 recoveries of confirmed cases in Garland County, up five from Thursday.

• 1,686 cumulative probable cases in Garland County, up one from Thursday.

• 19 active probable cases in Garland County, no change from Thursday.

• 215 confirmed deaths, up one from Thursday.

• 49 probable deaths, no change from Thursday.

Hospitalizations, ventilator usage and intensive care unit admissions were all at spring 2021 peaks Friday. The number of COVID-19 patients on mechanical ventilation has increased more than 50% since the end of May. Hospitalizations and ICU admissions rose 18% and 26% over that time.

Children have accounted for most of the hospitalizations the delta variant has caused in the United Kingdom. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said earlier this week that the more transmissible and virulent variant accounted for at least 10% of all U.S. cases and predicted it will become the dominant strain in the United States within weeks.

While the variant poses a risk to children, particularly those younger than 12, as no vaccine has been approved for use in children younger than 12, the CDC put the risk into perspective. Data released earlier this week showed COVID-19 accounted for 0.2 deaths per 100,000 children 1 to 4 in the United States for the 52-week period that ended in early April.

Drowning, 2.8 deaths per 100,000, vehicle accidents, 2.3 deaths per 100,000, homicide, 2.2 deaths per 100,000, cancer, 2.0 deaths per 100,000, cardiovascular disease, 1.0 deaths per 100,000, flu/pneumonia, 0.8 deaths per 100,00 and suffocation, 0.7 deaths per 100,000, all proved more deadly than COVID-19.

Cancer was the leading cause of death for children 5 to 14, accounting for 2.1 deaths per 100,000 children. Vehicle accidents, 1.9 deaths per 100,000, Suicide, 1.5 deaths per 100,000, homicide, 0.7 deaths per 100,000, cardiovascular disease, 0.6 deaths per 100,000, drowning, 0.5 deaths per 100,000, and flu/pneumonia, 0.3 deaths per 100,00, were all deadlier than COVID-19, 0.2 deaths per 100,000.

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