Today: 520 new confirmed cases, 358 probable cases = 878 total new cases
Total cases: 114,519
6,410 tests in the last 24 hours
Miller and Mississippi: 24
667 Hospitalized (-21)
2,003 Deaths (+18)
Beau Ryall, Arkansas Hospital Association - Hospitalizations have decreased; however, hospitalizations reached their highest levels recently. Northeast and Central Arkansas are seeing the most increase. Hospital bed capacity is tight, but that’s not the issue. The issue is the number of medical workers available to staff the beds.
10 percent of occupied beds have COVID Patients
26 percent of occupied ICU beds have COVID Patients
31 percent of ventilators are in use by COVID patients
There isn’t a shortage in PPE or testing supplies. What we are seeing is a shortage in healthcare workers, caused by fatigue, competition from other states, increasing costs, and community exposure.