The total number of COVID-19 cases in Arkansas, since the pandemic began last March, increased by 144 to 330,753 on Friday.
In Greene County, COVID-19 cases have totaled 6,021. There are currently 33 active cases in the county, and there have been 75 deaths.
On Friday, Greene County was included among the top three counties in the state reporting new COVID-19 cases with nine. Benton County had 13 new cases, and Pulaski County had 21 new cases.
“We continue to see declining cases in our COVID-19 numbers,” Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a prepared statement. “We are not increasing in cases like we see in many other states. Let’s all be mindful over Easter that we must continue to guard against the spread of the virus. Get a vaccine this weekend because this helps everyone. Yesterday, we saw an increase of over 29,000 vaccine doses administered.”
The number of deaths statewide due to the virus has totaled 5,639, an increase of three since Thursday. There were 1,684 active cases throughout the state on Friday, and there have been 323,384 recovered cases in the state since last year.
Unfortunately, recovering from the virus does not always mean that a person returns to normal health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people with COVID-19 do recover totally, but some patients can have symptoms that last weeks or months after recovery from acute illness.
The most commonly reported long-term symptoms include: Fatigue; shortness of breath; cough; joint pain; and chest pain.
Other reported long-term symptoms include: Difficulty with thinking and concentration; depression; muscle pain; headache; intermittent fever; and heart palpitations.
The most serious long-term complications appear to be less common, the CDC reports, but these have been noted to affect different organ systems: Inflammation of the heart; lung function abnormalities; acute kidney injury; and rashes and hair loss.
In his weekly address, released Friday, Hutchinson said the state now seems to be rounding the bend in the fight against the virus with the development of vaccines.
“I am thankful to see the dramatic decline in the number of deaths, the number of new and active COVID-19 cases, and the number of those in a hospital. I’m also grateful that more than 250,000 Arkansans have recovered,” Hutchinson said.
“The pandemic isn’t over, but I am hopeful that the worst of it has passed. To be cautious, we have extended the emergency declaration for Arkansas for sixty more days. I have lifted the mask mandate, but businesses still may require employees and customers to mask up, and I encourage you to respect others. Arkansans have responded well to our vaccination program, but we need even more of you to get a vaccination. That is our path out of the pandemic.”