COVID

Alex Golden
Jan 26, 2022 - News

COVID trends improve in Arkansas, but worsen in NWA

While COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are starting to decrease again after the Omicron surge, we are not out of the woods, Arkansas officials warn.

State of play: The state saw a record of 1,817 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Monday. The number had declined to 1,785 Tuesday, according to data from the Arkansas Department of Health.

  • Active cases also decreased from 93,314 to 89,572.
Alex Golden
Jan 21, 2022 - COVID

Arkansas is lagging in getting kids vaccinated

Note: Data is not shown for states in which the county was unknown for at least 10% of the children vaccinated in that state, or where children vaccination data was unavailable; Reproduced from a KHN analysis of CDC and NCHS data. Chart: Axios Visuals

A higher rate of kids in NWA are vaccinated against COVID-19 than most of the state, but the vast majority remain unvaccinated.

Why it matters: Children can become very ill if they contract COVID-19, health experts, including state health secretary José Romero, have said. They've stressed the vaccine is the best defense against the virus.

Worth Sparkman
Jan 19, 2022 - COVID

Charted: Omicron's strain on Arkansas hospitals

Note: ICU beds and ventilators are used by both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients. Data: NWA Council; Chart: Axios Visuals
Note: ICU beds and ventilators are used by both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients. Data: NWA Council; Chart: Axios Visuals

Arkansas' COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to climb even as the number of new cases decreases.

By the numbers: The state reported 1,487 hospitalizations on Tuesday, a five-month high.

Worth Sparkman
Jan 18, 2022 - News

Arkansas' housing gap widens

Data: Zillow analysis of data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA); Map: Baidi Wang/Axios
Data: Zillow analysis of data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA); Map: Baidi Wang/Axios

Lenders denied 26% of Arkansas' Black mortgage applicants in 2020, the third-highest denial rate in the U.S., a recent report from Zillow shows.

Why it matters: The report provides more evidence that the pandemic is affecting Black Americans disproportionately, writes Axios' Hope King.

Alex Golden
Jan 14, 2022 - News

NW Arkansas colleges brace for new semester amid COVID surge

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Mask up at Old Main at the University of Arkansas. (Photo by Lance King/Replay Photos via Getty Images)

Classes start next week at the University of Arkansas and NorthWest Arkansas Community College as the state sees a rapid surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

What's happening: The region's colleges plan to go forward with in-person instruction and will continue to require all students and employees to wear masks on campus, spokespeople for U of A and NWACC tell Axios.

Alex Golden
Jan 12, 2022 - News

Arkansas COVID-19 cases have doubled in one week

Source: Northwest Arkansas Council; Chart: Alex Golden/Axios
Source: Northwest Arkansas Council; Chart: Alex Golden/Axios

Twice as many Arkansans have COVID-19 than a week ago, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday during a news conference.

Why it matters: More cases equals more hospitalizations. And hospitals are rapidly seeing more admissions for COVID-19.

Worth Sparkman
Jan 11, 2022 - COVID

Arkansas hospitals get $50M to prep for next COVID surge

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Arkansas hospitals are trying to get ahead of an expected wave of COVID-19 patients.

What's happening: The Arkansas American Rescue Plan Act Steering Committee on Monday approved emergency spending of $50.1 million so 11 hospitals can increase capacity.

Alex Golden
Jan 7, 2022 - News

Masks are back at Fayetteville schools

COVID-19 infection rates. S Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

COVID-19 infection rates. Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

Fayetteville Public Schools is requiring masks for all students, faculty and staff — again, the Fayetteville Flyer reported.

State of play: The school district had decided it would reinstate the mask mandate if cases reached 30 per 10,000 people in the community for 14 consecutive days. And with rising cases, the mandate is in effect again.

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