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Ark Gov Says More Covid Patients Getting Younger Because Of Delta Variant

Courtesy: Ark Childrens Hospital

ARKANSAS COVID RISES-  Arkansas’ Covid-19  cases have skyrocketed in recent weeks due to the delta variant and the state’s low vaccination rate. The state ranks second in the country for new cases per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers.  When the pandemic began last year, younger people were considered to be lower risk and the emphasis has been to protect the most vulnerable, elderly population.  But during a Community Covid Conversation at Heber Springs, Arkansas yesterday Governor Asa Hutchinson offered this update on new covid patients in Arkansas.

"During the original virus timeframe where we were all concerned last year, they did not have patients, adolescents, teenagers, young people in the Arkansas Childrens Hospital because of Covid," Hutchinson said. "But today they have 25 adolescents in the Arkansas Childrens Hospital, with  I think it's four on ventilator.  And that is the Delta variant."

"But today they have 25 adolescents in the Arkansas Childrens Hospital, with I think it's four on ventilator. And that is the Delta variant." Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson

Credit Courtesy: Heber Springs School System
Courtesy: Heber Springs School System
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has been traveling the state holding Covid Community Conversations.

As more younger people become infected and hospitalized – Hutchinson is  facing growing calls to lift the state’s ban on mask mandates in public schools, but during its last session – the Republican dominated Arkansas General Assembly passed legislation preventing any government entity from forcing a mask mandate. Hutchinson, also a  Republican, has said a special session to address the issue is an option.  His office has announced a press conference to be held later today.    

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. 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.