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Healthcare workers shortage causing problems for Arkansas hospitals, military medical team to help the state battling the recent Covid-19 wave



Arkansas – Healthcare workers shortage has been an issue in Arkansas ever since the start of the pandemic, but the problem is even bigger currently as the state goes through the peak of Delta wave.

In an effort to help the state of Arkansas battling the virus, the U.S. Defense Department is sending a 20-member military medical team to Arkansas to help expand the state’s hospital capacity.

The information was announced by the Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson who also added that the team will be consisted of 14 nurses, 4 physicians and 2 respiratory therapists. They all will be initially sent to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital in Little Rock.

“This is welcome assistance that will come,” Hutchinson said at his weekly news conference.

Arkansas continues to report high number of cases on a daily basis. In the latest report, Arkansas added 2,181 new confirmed Covid-19 cases and 34 additional deaths, while the number of hospitalizations dropped by 19, now reaching 1,209.

Since the start of the pandemic, in multiple occasions was proven that after big holidays the number of cases goes up, something that is expected to happen again in the next couple of days following the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Arkansas ranks 13th nationally in new cases per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University research data.

The state is struggling with ICU beds availability for weeks now, despite the officials’ efforts to extended the capacity of ICU beds suitable for Covid-19 patients.