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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The number of people in Arkansas’ hospitals because of the illness caused by the coronavirus rose to a new high on Wednesday.
The Department of Health reported the number of people hospitalized because of COVID-19 rose by nine to 538 — a record high for Arkansas, a day after the state hit its highest point since early August.
About 27% of the state’s 9,112 hospital beds and 10% of its 1,002 intensive care unit beds are available, according to the state Department of Health. Sixty-five percent of ventilators in the state remain available. The state reported 242 COVID-19 patients are in ICUs.
Arkansas’ confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 684 to 84,914 and its probable cases rose by 125 to 3,966. Thirteen more people in the state died from COVID-19, bringing its total fatalities to 1,482. The actual number of cases in Arkansas is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said, based on a pattern the state has seen recently, cases may rise further at the end of the week following people going in for testing after a weekend.
“If the trend holds, cases may go up again toward the end of the week and then decline from there,” Hutchinson said in a statement. “Regardless, we are hoping to keep the peak this week lower than last week. Everyone, do your part.”
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