Pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations dramatically increase in Arkansas

Pediatric COVID-19 cases in Arkansas, by month - 10/6/21
Pediatric COVID-19 cases in Arkansas, by month - 10/6/21
Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 9:13 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 6, 2021 at 3:10 PM CDT
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Health Secretary Dr. Jose R. Romero provided an update on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.

The briefing begins with Gov. Hutchinson commenting on a recent trip he made to the southwest US border to visit with National Guard troops.

He said, “There is a crisis at the border. There is a humanitarian crisis.” He added that policy changes must be put into place to improve border security.

COVID-19 cases in Arkansas have decreased within the past week.

On Wednesday, the governor reports 882 new cases, 7,879 active cases, and six additional deaths.

Within the past 24 hours, 10,272 vaccine doses have been given.

The positivity rate in Arkansas is 7.9 percent.

In recent months, pediatric hospitalizations and ICU admissions increased due to the delta variant.

Gov. Hutchinson said one private/charter school in Arkansas has reached a 70 percent vaccination rate but did not identify the school.

Watch the full briefing live on-air or online here>>>

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