Arkansas has surpassed 5,000 COVID-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
On Thursday, Feb. 4, the Arkansas Department of Health revealed that the death total had risen to 5,009 after 24 new deaths were reported. Of this total, 4,013 have been confirmed deaths, while 996 have been labeled “probable deaths” due to COVID-19.
The ADH report listed 24 new deaths on Thursday. These included 19 confirmed and five probable deaths due to COVID.
COVID-related deaths continue to rise worldwide with the global death toll at 2,280,666, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States has the largest proportion of these deaths with 455,211, or roughly 19.96 percent.
Brazil, the nation with the second-largest COVID death toll, has approximately half of the U.S.’ deaths. The South American country has 228,795 deaths, or 10.03 percent of the global total. Mexico, India and the United Kingdom round out the top five nations with the highest reported COVID-related deaths. These nations have, respectively, 161,240 deaths; 154,703 deaths; and 110,462 deaths. Collectively, the top five nations represent 1,110,411 deaths or 48.69 percent of the global death total.
Cases climbed in Arkansas by 2,469 on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 302,889. Active cases currently total 16,992, an increase of 459. There were 405 new confirmed active cases with 54 probable new active cases.
In the United States, 26,654,872 total cases of COVID-19 have been reported, while 104,792,591 cases have been reported worldwide. The United States continues to be the global leader in number of cases with India having the second-most cases.
Hospitalizations dropped in Arkansas on Thursday, declining by 69. There are currently 815 COVID-related hospitalizations in the state. There have been 13,902 total COVID hospitalizations since the beginning of the pandemic.
Ventilator usage, however, increased slightly. There were three more instances of ventilator usage, bringing the state’s current ventilator use to 145.
Vaccination distribution increased by 13,037, with 329,521 total doses being administered to date in Arkansas. The state also received 17,600 more doses, bringing the state’s total number of vaccine doses received to 536,825.