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Hospital leaders in Arkansas concerned about spike in COVID-19 cases


FILE – In this July 27, 2020, file photo, notes to medical personnel are hung in an area as they prepare to ender a COVID-19 unit at Starr County Memorial Hospital in Rio Grande City, Texas. As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the nation and infections and hospitalizations rise, medical administrators are scrambling to find enough nursing help — especially in rural areas and at small hospitals. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) — Hospital leaders in Northwest Arkansas are concerned about the increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations and community spread.

In a statement released on behalf of the Northwest Health Care Community, Benton and Washington counties account for about 18% of the state’s COVID-19 cases.

“This summer we accounted for almost 30 percent of the state’s cases and we’ve been holding steady at 18 percent for a while now,” said Washington Regional Medical Center President Larry Shackleford. “While we’ve remained steady, the recent increase in hospitalizations and community spread is concerning.”


  • November 10: 241 new COVID-19 cases between both counties
  • Benton County: 116 cases on Tuesday, 53 cases on Monday
  • Washington County: 125 cases on Tuesday, 82 cases on Monday

On Tuesday, November 10, there were 86 COVID-19 patients, nine more than Monday, November 9.

Also on Tuesday, there were 598 patients hospitalized for medical needs other than the virus, 172 more patients compared to Monday, for a total of 684 patients in hospitals across Arkansas. The use of ICU beds increased by 14 from Monday to Tuesday — the total on Tuesday was 119.

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