Arkansas sees uptick in COVID-19 vaccinations as Delta variant rages
Arkansas is seeing an increase in people getting COVID-19 vaccines.
Why it matters: The highly contagious Delta variant's spread through the state, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, has caused another surge in cases and led to full hospitals.
Threat level: NWA hospitals reported Friday almost all of their 87 COVID-19 patients were unvaccinated and their youngest patient was 21.
What's happening: The state saw its highest single-day number of doses since May 21 (when it had 12,521 doses) on Friday, with 14,294. Over the weekend, numbers continued to be high, according to data from the Arkansas Department of Health.
- Most days in June and the first half of July had less than 7,000 doses per day, with several days in the 1,000s to 4,000s.
ICYMI: The Health Department confirmed last week that two Arkansas children have died from the virus.
By the numbers: A total of 79,844 vaccine doses were administered in Arkansas from July 16 to July 24. During the same time frame in June, 43,000 doses were administered. That's an 85% increase.
- Of note: These are total doses, meaning some of them are second doses.
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