Alex Golden
Sep 7, 2022 - COVID

Updated COVID boosters are now available in Arkansas

Animation of a syringe icon acting as a loading bar on a screen.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

You can now get a revamped COVID-19 booster shot designed to better protect against the most dominant strains of the virus.

Why it matters: The boosters are becoming available ahead of winter, when cases tend to rise, and can help ward off hospitalizations and death linked to the virus, Joel Tumlison, medical director for immunizations at the Arkansas Department of Health, said Tuesday afternoon during a call with reporters.

Alex Golden
Jul 11, 2022 - COVID

Arkansas health officials warn of COVID-19 variant

Illustration of a COVID virus cell being overshadowed by a significantly larger COVID virus cell.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A new COVID-19 variant, BA.5, is now the dominant strain in the U.S., Axios' Tina Reed writes.

Why it matters: The variant is the most transmissible to date.

Worth Sparkman
Jun 30, 2022 - COVID

COVID-19 cases rise as FDA debates variant-specific vaccines

Data: CDC; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: CDC; Chart: Axios Visuals

While the graph above looks promising compared to January, Arkansas' coronavirus cases are on the rise again.

  • On Wednesday, 1,332 cases were reported, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. It's the second consecutive daily increase over 1,000.
Alex Golden
Jun 24, 2022 - COVID

What to know about kids' vaccines

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The littlest among us can now get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Driving the news: CDC director Rochelle Walensky signed off on allowing Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 shots for children as young as 6 months last Saturday.

Alex Golden
Jun 16, 2022 - News

Where things stand in Arkansas with COVID-19

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Arkansas.

By the numbers: The state Department of Health reported an increase of 2,087 active cases over a one-week period ending Tuesday, compared to an increase of 1,289 the week prior and 507 the week before that.

Worth Sparkman
May 26, 2022 - COVID

Arkansas' COVID-19 cases on the rise again

Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

There's now an average of more than 105,000 new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. each day, according to the New York Times.

  • That's the most since February at the end of the Omicron wave.
Worth Sparkman
Apr 11, 2022 - COVID

Researchers want to expand wastewater surveillance

Illustration of a tiled wall with a COVID cell cut into a sheet of toilet paper on the roll.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Arkansas scientists want to study your poop.

What's happening: Three University of Arkansas professors are applying for a $30 million grant from the CDC to expand surveillance, research and training for the COVID-19 virus and other diseases in wastewater, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

Worth Sparkman
Feb 12, 2022 - Business

Walmart drops mask mandate for 1.6M employees

Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

Walmart said in a memo today it will no longer require fully vaccinated U.S. employees to wear masks at work. However, those who wish to wear a mask while working are permitted to do so.

Driving the news: New COVID cases are plunging and the U.S. appears to be on its way out of this wave of the pandemic after less than two months, Axios' reported. And NIAID director Anthony Fauci this week said the country is headed out of the "full-blown pandemic phase of COVID-19."

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