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Gov. Hutchinson: Arkansas COVID-19 ICU beds full, even with increases in capacity


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that all ICU beds for COVID-19 patients in the state of Arkansas are full, even after efforts over the last few weeks to increase capacity in the state.

Speaking from the capitol on Tuesday, Hutchinson stressed the continued need for Arkansans to get vaccinated to help relieve the stress on the health care system, not that it is at its limits in terms of both facilities and personnel available to treat patients with the virus.

Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero noted that just under 50 percent of the ICU beds in the state have the ability to be used for COVID-19 patients.

That same information showed the active COVID-19 case count in Arkansas is just under 24,000, with new cases decreasing by 1,802.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Arkansas has seen a total of 436,242 COVID-19 cases, as well as 6,704 deaths from the virus.

On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine full approval, which could encourage American’s to become fully vaccinated.

The governor is scheduled to speak at 11:15 a.m. A livestream of the news conference can be viewed in the player at the top of this page.

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