Aug 10, 2021 - COVID

Arkansas has only 8 ICU beds free as COVID hospitalizations spike

Asa Hutchinson, governor of Arkansas, during a community town hall to promote Covid-19 vaccinations  in Mountain Home, Arkansas, U.S., on Monday, July 16
Gov. Asa Hutchinson during a July town hall in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Photo: Liz Sanders/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday there were "only eight ICU beds available in the state," which has seen COVID-19 drive a record spike in hospitalizations.

The big picture: Arkansas is third in the U.S. for new daily virus cases as the Delta variant surges, per the Associated Press, citing Johns Hopkins data. A judge last week temporarily blocked the state from enforcing a mask mandates ban. Hutchinson, a Republican, has said he regrets signing the bill.

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