Greene County’s number of active COVID-19 cases had decreased from 29 to 26 as this week began.

The county has had a total of 6,076 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started last year, and there have been 5,974 recovered cases since that time in Greene County, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

There have been 75 deaths of Greene County residents due to the virus.

The Arkansas Department of Health also reports that there have been 1,643,649 COVID-19 vaccines administered in the state out of 2,468,010 doses received. Of those vaccine doses administered, 695,341 people, or 29 percent of the population age 16 or older, had been fully immunized. A total of 306,551 people had been partially immunized.

Additional first doses of the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccine will not be sent to 17 Arkansas counties this week, only second doses, according to the health officials.

“I would have to assume it’s because they had sufficient vaccine this time and didn’t need further shipments at this point,” state epidemiologist Jennifer Dillaha said.

Dillaha also said the state health department will wait until the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes its full recommendations, possibly today, on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine before resuming its use.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was paused for 11 days because rare cases of blood clots were potentially linked to it. U.S. health officials said Friday that they were lifting the pause and some states have resumed using it.

Statewide there have been 334,706 COVID-19 cases since March 2020. There were 1,922 active COVID-19 cases in the state at the beginning of this week. There have been 5,718 deaths due to the virus statewide since last year.

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