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New Covid-19 cases among staff, inmates, and residents are on the rise, Arkansas Department of Corrections facilities under lockdown

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Little Rock, Arkansas – As the state of Arkansas is seeing the record number of Covid-19 cases recently, the situation causes a lot of difficulties for agencies, departments and Arkansans to normally continue with their lives in the New Year.

The latest to join on this list is the Arkansas Department of Corrections who is officially going in lockdown following the department officials’ announcement on Friday.

According to the department, the decision came following the increasing trend of new Covid-19 cases among staff, inmates, and residents. The officials with the department said that the lockdown will be enforced at least until January 14 when the current situation will be examined and decided if the measures will continue in the upcoming period.

Officials said limiting non-essential movement within and between the facilities and suspending visitation is in response to the surge.

In the last couple of weeks, the number of new Covid-19 cases in Arkansas is constantly on the rise with the Omicron variant in place easily evading both vaccine and natural immunity. Omicron officially became the dominant variant across the country just weeks after US confirmed the first Omicron case in the country on December 1.

For more details about the current Covid-19 data and vaccination site across Arkansas, please visit Arkansas Department of Health website here.

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