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Arkansas health officials in fear that Labor Day holiday weekend might drastically increase the number of Covid-19 cases



Arkansas – We are all well aware of the recent Covid-19 situation across the state, but it might get even worse in the upcoming period, state health experts claim.

According to them, the gathering for the Labor Day weekend might drastically increase the number of Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the upcoming period just when hospitals are overwhelmed with patients and struggle with ICU beds availability.

One among those who thinks that the Labor Day weekend will worsen the current situation is Arkansas Surgeon General Dr. Greg Bledsoe. According to him, the 7,000 deaths mark that was passed on Thursday is something that no one could have imagined at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.

He hopes that people spent the Labor Day weekend having in mind the deadly virus with practicing social distance, gatherings only in small groups and wearing masks.

“This is not a conflating of numbers by the hospitals,” said Bledsoe. “This is actually what’s happening on the ground in our hospitals across the state, and it’s a very real thing and a very serious thing.”

The spike in cases has always been a trend in the last couple of months. But the situation is much worse now, having in mind the staffing issues Arkansas hospitals face and especially the ICU beds availability.

“We’re right at sort of the red line, the max that we can handle, and we don’t need another surge on top of this. We don’t need another bump,” he said.

Bledsoe joined the group of health experts and officials and urge Arkansans to get vaccinated as soon as possible claiming the vaccines are that the only way to battle the virus right now.

“I think that gives some people a little more confidence, and hopefully we’ll see a bump in the vaccination rate,” he said. “That’s a good thing for the state because I really think that’s our best way out.”

How the Labor Day weekend will affect the current Covid-19 situation, we will probably see in the next couple of days.