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While health officials fear the worst, Arkansas reported almost 2,500 new cases, again



Pine Bluff, Arkansas – While the hospitals are almost completely full and the availability is almost zero, the state continues to add high Covid-19 cases on a daily basis.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas today added 2,343 new positive Covid-19 cases, reaching a total of 391,623 cases since the start of the pandemic last March.

Additionally, 16 new deaths as a result of the virus were reported in Tuesday’s report. Since the start of the pandemic, Arkansas reaches 6,215 Covid-19 related deaths.

Currently, there are 19,499 active cases across the state which is 577 more compared to yesterday’s report.

Thirty more people were hospitalized and the total number of hospitalized now reached 1,250.

The number of people who are in critical condition and on ventilators is 260, increasing 10 from yesterday.

The positive news is that more and more people decide to get the shot and this number surpassed 30,000 in just 24 hours.

As our partner site MDMH-Conway reported, Gov. Asa Hutchinson schedules a special meeting on Wednesday to amend the Act 1002, a low that prohibits mask mandates on state and local level. According to the governor, that will allow school districts to require mask for students and staff as the new student year approaches.

This is what Arkansas Governor said on Twitter:

During today’s weekly update, I discussed the items to be addressed during the upcoming Special Session, the 30,000 vaccine doses administered yesterday, and provided the latest COVID numbers in Arkansas. You can watch the full briefing here: