UAMS COVID-19 Report: Arkansas Per Capita Higher Death Rate Than New York, Florida, California | KTVE

Posted: Mar 9, 2021 / 2:47 PM CST
Updated March 9, 2021 / 2:47 PM CST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS) released a report Tuesday that shows the state has one of the highest per capita COVID-19 deaths in the country.

According to the report released March 5th, COVID-19 per capita death rates in Arkansas surpass New York, Texas, Florida and California.

There will be an increase of 14,000 COVID-19 cases by March 15, according to a forecast by the faculty at UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.

According to the 15-day models, Arcansans between 35 and 59 years of age have the most COVID-19 diagnoses.

Researchers noted in the bi-weekly report, one in 20 people in each county of Arkansas was diagnosed with COVID-19, and one in ten people in 24 counties was diagnosed with the virus at some point during the pandemic.

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The highest number of hospitalizations in Arkansas are people aged 60 to 74 years.

In the report, researchers predict that while children under the age of 17 will be the least likely to be hospitalized, an additional 54 children with COVID-19 are expected to be hospitalized in the next two weeks.

According to the 15-day models, there could be an additional 742 COVID-19 deaths by March 15, bringing the Arkansas death toll to 6,034.

According to UAMS representatives, the 60-day model shows slower growth in new COVID-19 cases. Researchers say this could be due to recent winter storms. The 60-day models could change based on COVID-19 variants and the speed of public vaccinations. According to the report, researchers don’t expect current vaccination programs to have a significant impact on COVID-19 transmission until mid-April or later.

Researchers say they are seeing declining cases and a declining number of daily COVID-19 tests, which means a number of asymptomatic infections could be absent.

You can see the full report below.

There are 3,593 active cases as of Monday, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

5,343 people have died of COVID-19 in Arkansas as of Monday, since the pandemic began.

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According to the ADH, 742,204 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered and 1,223,700 doses received or allocated on Monday.

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