Northeast Arkansas continues to trail the state average in vaccinations against the coronavirus, according to data provided by the Arkansas Department of Health.
Statewide, 29.35 percent (697,096) of the state’s population age 16 and above was fully vaccinated with another 12.89 percent (306,145) partially vaccinated, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said during his weekly news conference on Tuesday.
Between the three different brands available, Hutchinson said the state has more than 718,000 doses available. The state resumed giving the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine after federal officials gave the green light to use it again.
“Vaccines are available for you,” Hutchinson said. “We need you to go to your doctor’s office, go to the medical clinic, go to a pharmacy – wherever you feel most comfortable and make arrangements to get your shot.”
Here is the vaccination rate in Northeast Arkansas counties, including fully vaccinated followed by partial vaccinations as of Monday:
Greene – 9,286 (26.33 percent); 2,853 (8.1 percent).
Jackson – 3,291 (23.56 percent); 980 (7.02 percent).
Craighead – 21,540 (25.70 percent); 8,686 (10.4 percent).
Lawrence – 3,210 (24.26 percent); 1,186 (8.96 percent).
Cross – 3,777 (27.75 percent); 1,198 (8.96 percent).
Clay – 3,490 (29.04 percent); 805 (6.7 percent).
Mississippi – 6,711 (20.63 percent); 2,529 (7.78 percent).
Poinsett – 4,477 (23.17 percent); 1,740 (9.21 percent.
Randolph – 2,311 (16.58 percent); 1,285 (9.22 percent).
As for new infections, the state reported 299 new cases Tuesday, including 135 confirmed. That means at least 334,990 Arkansans have been made sick by the virus. Five additional deaths brought the statewide total since the pandemic began in March 2020 to 5,725.
Hutchinson said the rate of new cases has been fairly steady since March 8, but he cautioned there’s still a potential for a new outbreak, such as one in Michigan.
Dr. Jose Romero, the state’s health secretary, said a growing number of school students have been hospitalized in recent days because of the more infectious mutated strains.