New COVID-19 cases in Arkansas increased by 2052 on Tuesday according to the Arkansas Department Of Health. Active cases in Arkansas increased to 15,491.
Hospitalizations increased by 45 to 1,025 statewide. Patients on ventilators increased by 33 to 205. Sadly the death toll increased by 10 deaths to 6,087.
Sources report less than 3% of the state’s ICU beds are available and less than 20% of the state’s hospital rooms are available due to this surge.
Governor Asa Hutchison stated “Today our hospitalizations crossed the 1,000 mark. I will meet with my COVID Task Force tomorrow morning to discuss ways to increase hospital capacity. Vaccines are the best antidote for our increasing numbers; the best antidote for fear is counsel from a trustworthy advisor.”
Dr. Cam Patterson, chancellor at UAMS posted an update this morning “Tuesday AM update: We are up to 75 patients in the hospital @uamshealth with complications from COVID-19. 5 on heart-lung bypass. Sadly another patient died. Still zero patients in the hospital with complications from the vaccine. Wear a mask and get vaxxed please!”
Dr. Joe Thompson of ACHI posted today: “ CDC recognizes slippage in our control of #COVID19, reinstating mask recommendation for all indoors in hot zones and for all in schools. AR is a hot zone, and educational activities for the fall are at risk. Go on offense and get protected, and let’s protect our children.”
‘Responding to new data on the #DeltaVariant, the CDC now advises 1) that even fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas of substantial or high transmission (all of AR, per CDC) and 2) universal masking in K-12 schools.”
Active COVID-19 Cases by County
All Arkansans age 12 or older are now eligible to receive the vaccine.
To protect yourself and others, the ADH recommends:
- Get the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- Practice physical distancing. Avoid close contact with others, especially those who are sick, by keeping at least 6 feet between you and others.
- If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, seek testing. Testing is available in many locations, including ADH Local Health Units.
- Wear a face covering when you are exposed to non-household members and physical distancing cannot be assured. Click here to read the requirements.