Arkansas Gubernatorial Candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained why she and her family have received COVID-19 vaccinations in a guest column printed in the Sunday Edition of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. The column comes as active cases in Arkansas nears 15,000.
The gubernatorial hopeful added her voice to other state political and medical leaders who have encouraged people to get vaccinated in an effort to control the spread of the Delta Variant of COVID-19 in Arkansas. Currently just over 40 percent of those eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated in the state. Only 39.6 percent of those eligible in Montgomery County have been vaccinated.
Hospitalizations are also up with Sanders reporting that over 90 percent of all recent COVID-19 related hospitalizations and deaths have been unvaccinated. The Southwest Region, which includes Montgomery County, is currently reporting 146 hospital admissions with 53 ICU patients and 31 on a ventilator.
While stopping short of telling people to get the vaccine, she did state that after talking with her doctor she and her family felt the benefits far outweighed the possible side effects. She reminded people that the vaccine was created as part of a promise President Donald Trump made to the American People and that it was released while he was President. She encouraged people to pray about taking the vaccine and to talk to their doctor before making a decision.
As of Tuesday morning, there were 14,627 active cases and 375,971 cumulative cases in Arkansas. There have been 355,202 recoveries and 6,077 deaths.
There have been 19 new cases reported in Montgomery County in the past seven days with 20 active cases begin reported Tuesday morning. There are currently 797 cumulative cases, 744 recoveries and 33 deaths.
Garland County is reporting 448 new cases since last Tuesday. They are reporting 549 active active, 11,622 cumulative cases , 10,801 recoveries and 270 deaths.
Hot Spring County is reporting 186 new cases. They have 267 active cases, 5,812 cumulative cases, 5,463 recoveries, and 81 deaths.
Yell County is reporting 54 new cases. They have 78 active cases, an increase of 37 over last week’s total. They are reporting 3,572 cumulative cases, 3,427 recoveries, and 66 deaths.
Clark County is reporting 49 new cases, but has seen a decline in active cases since last Tuesday. They have 71 active cases, 2,382 cumulative cases, 2,270 recoveries and 40 deaths
Active cases in Pike County have more than doubled in the past week with 56 active cases being reported. There have been 46 new cases reported, 1,126 cumulative cases, 1,047 recoveries and 23 deaths.
Howard County also saw a spike in active cases with 47 active cases reported. An increase of 26 over last week’s total of 21. There have been 38 new cases since last Tuesday, 1,755 cumulative cases, 1,683 recoveries and 25 deaths
Polk County has seen an increase of 24 in active cases. They are reporting 44 active cases, 2,110 cumulative cases, 1,991 recoveries and 74 deaths. They reported 39 new cases in the past week.
Scott County saw a drop in active cases with 26 active cases being reported. They had 16 new cases last week, 1,056 cumulative cases, 1,015 recoveries and 15 deaths.