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Arkansas is seeing slight relief in new hospitalizations, more than 2,200 new cases confirmed

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On Tuesday, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson in an announcement from the capitol said that most of the Arkansas hospitals don’t have ICU beds available as a result of the latest Covid-19 surge.

Today’s report comes as a slight relief for hospitals and healthcare workers since the number of hospitalizations is finally seeing a slight drop.

According to the Tuesday’s Covid-19 report, Arkansas added 2,223 new positive Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours.

For the same time period, 45 Covid-19 related deaths were reported across the state.

Since the start of the pandemic, 438,465 people have tested positive on the virus, while the total number of deaths is 6,749.

Currently, there are 23,128 active cases which is 448 less compared to yesterday.

The real relief for hospitals is the slight decrease in hospitalizations. According to the report, Arkansas recorded 1,367 people in hospitals which is 44 less compared to Monday’s report. The number of people on ventilator support dropped for 6, now reaching 343.

The increased vaccination rate since few weeks ago is slowly becoming a new daily standard. Almost 11,00 doses of the vaccines were administrated, the report say.

This is what Gov. Hutchinson said on Twitter:

The hospitalization reduction relieves some pressure on ICU capacity. Currently, all COVID patients have access as needed to ICU. We’re working w/hospitals to expand capacity. It’s difficult with limitations on nurse staffing, but I’m proud of the determination of our hospitals.

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