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Arkansas Covid Hospitalizations Highest Since January

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Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

ARKANSAS COVID UPDATE —  Arkansas  Governor Asa Hutchinson  held a press conference yesterday to give an update on how well his state has been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.   He had some sobering news as Covid-19  hospitalizations  have  shown  a  spike  lately.

“This is the largest increase in hospitalizations since January. It is the largest increase in hospitalizations since we’ve had the vaccination available to prevent hospitalizations. And we have 55 added to the hospital rolls as a result of COVID-19,” Hutchinson said.

"And so you see hospitalizations and deaths both are getting at a lower age because the higher age groups are getting vaccinated and they're protected and we've got a gap there that we need to work through." Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas

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Credit Courtesy: Arkansas State Department of Health
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Courtesy: Arkansas State Department of Health
The average age of deaths from Covid-19 in Arkansas have been getting lower since the vaccines have become widely available.

99% of Arkansas  hospital  intakes were unvaccinated  patients  and  the  dominant  Covid-19 strain in that  state is the new highly contagious  Delta Variant.   Hutchinson  also explained that the average age of persons who are getting infected and hospitalized is getting younger.

"And so you see hospitalizations and deaths both are getting at a lower age because the higher age groups are getting vaccinated and they're  protected and we've got a gap there that we need to work through," Hutchinson explained.

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Credit Courtesy: Arkansas Governor YouTube Channel
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Courtesy: Arkansas Governor YouTube Channel
Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas

Hutchinson  addressed  vaccine hesitancy among  Arkansans  as it is among the states with the lowest percentage of people who have been fully vaccinated  and said  “community COVID conversations”  will take place across the state to persuade more people to receive COVID-19 vaccinations as the disease tries to make a comeback in the state.  The Republican Governor also called for businesses to give employees paid time off  so they can get  vaccinated.
 

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' experience to Red River Radio having started out as a radio news reporter and moving into television journalism as a newsmagazine producer / host, talk-show moderator, programming director and managing producer and news director / anchor for commercial, public broadcasting and educational television. He has more recently worked in advertising, marketing and public relations as a writer, video producer and media consultant. In pursuit of higher learning, Chuck studied Mass Communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.