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Arkansas reaches more than 20,000 active cases for the first time since January, Wednesday daily report



Arkansas Department of Health has just released the daily Covid-19 report on Wednesday and it shows the highest number of cases in Arkansas since January, now going above the 20,000 mark.

According to the report, Arkansas added 2,838 new positive cases on Wednesday. In the same report, 15 people lost the battle with the virus.

With the latest numbers from today, the state reached a total of 394,461 cases and 6,230 confirmed deaths as a result of the virus since the start of the pandemic last March.

The hospitals across the state are under heavy pressure as patients continue coming from everywhere. The latest data shows that only 25 intensive care beds are available currently across Arkansas.

The number of active cases went above the 20,000 mark for the first time since January, topping to 20,559.

Currently, 1,232 people are hospitalized of whom 260 are on ventilators in critical condition.

More than 10,000 vaccine were administrated in the last 24 hours.

Currently, the special session to amend the Act 1002 and allow school districts to require masks for students under 12 is undergoing. Gov. Hutchinson announced on Tuesday that the session was scheduled for today.

This is what the governor said on Twitter following the latest report:

A decline in hospitalizations & no increase in ventilator usage bring some relief to hospitals, but it’s likely temporary since our cases continue to go up. I’m grateful for the continued increase in vaccinations. Let’s stay focused on the vaccination & the success it will bring.