According to the Arkansas Department of Health current hospitalizations in Arkansas are at an all time high of 1,376 with an additional hospitalizations today of 103. Those on ventilators increased by 25 with a total of 286 currently on ventilators. 21 more Arkansans have died with 6,322 total deaths since Covid began.

Governor Asa Hutchison stated in the update “Today’s report shows some very startling numbers. We saw the largest single-day increase in hospitalizations and have eclipsed our previous high of COVID hospitalizations. There are currently only eight ICU beds available in the state. Vaccinations reduce hospitalizations.”

With cases continuing to increase here in Northeast Arkansas and across the state the CDC and ADH both recommend wearing a mask in indoor settings whether you are vaccinated or not vaccinated to help reduce the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant. COVID-19 is airborne and spread by respiratory droplets which enter through the nose and mouth. Wearing a mask will help prevent the spread of these droplets into the air. It is possible for someone to spread the virus even if they do not have symptoms.

Active cases by county

Baxter 414 cases
Clay 91 cases
Craighead 1,011
Fulton 70 cases
Greene 491 cases
Independence 299 cases
Izard 94 cases
Jackson 94 cases
Lawrence 90 cases
Randolph 65 cases
Sharp 176 cases

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.
  • It is recommended to wear a face-covering in all indoor public settings in areas of substantial or high transmission, whether you are vaccinated or not vaccinated. All areas of Arkansas currently have substantial or high transmission. Click here to read the recommendations.