Arkansas Virus Hospitalizations Reach New Record High

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The number of coronavirus patients in Arkansas’ hospitals rose again to a new record high Thursday as 25 more people died from the virus.

The Department of Health said the state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations, which had dropped a day earlier, rose by five to 1,326. The total number of people dead from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, since the pandemic began now total 3,926.

The state’s coronavirus cases rose by 3,323 to 245,916.

Four percent of the state’s 1,155 intensive care unit beds and nearly 22% of its 8,951 hospital beds are available, according to the Health Department. There are 427 COVID-19 patients in ICUs around the state.

Legislative leaders on Thursday also released proposed rules and safety procedures that they and the secretary of state had agreed upon for the 2021 session, which is set to begin on Monday. 

The measures include new rules regarding committee agendas that they said are intended to avoid crowded hallways and rooms.

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