Jul 15, 2021 - COVID

A surge of COVID-19 cases in Arkansas shows no signs of slowing down

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Local health professionals warned that the combination of Arkansas' low vaccination rate and the spread of the highly contagious delta variant would result in a third surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

Reality check: It's happening. Hospitalizations and cases are increasing, with no signs of slowing down.

By the numbers: Hospitals in NWA had a combined total of 58 COVID-19 patients as of Tuesday.

  • That's up from 36 a week ago, a 61% increase.

Zoom out: The state had 1,476 new cases and 41 new hospitalizations on Tuesday, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

  • Earlier this month, new single-day cases ranged from the 200s to the 700s, but this is the fourth time in a week the state has reported at least 1,000 new single-day cases.

Zoom in: Benton County accounted for 182 of Tuesday's new cases, while Washington County accounted for 146, according to the health department.

The bottom line: Most of the people in the hospital are unvaccinated. Just under 40% of the state's population 12 and older are fully vaccinated.


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