Arkansas COVID-19 hospitalizations hit new high for 2nd day

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ COVID-19 hospitalizations have hit a new high for the second day in a row.

The state Department of Health on Tuesday reported its virus hospitalizations rose by 59 to 1,435. A day earlier, Arkansas broke the record it set in January for total COVID-19 hospitalizations. The latest surge has been brought on by the extra-contagious delta variant and the state’s low vaccination rate.

The state’s coronavirus cases rose by more than 2,600 and COVID-19 deaths increased by 24. There are 507 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units around the state and 295 on ventilators.

The department said there are only 12 ICU beds available in the state.

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