Governor of Arkansas says there are no more ICU beds available for COVID-19 patients


Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) Press conference on Tuesday.

Important reason: This is the first time the ICU bed has been filled in this state since the pandemic began. AP report.. The state set a new record on Monday for the number of coronavirus patients currently on mechanical ventilation, according to the state. Government data..

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  • Twenty-two ICU beds were available in the state on Monday, but only a few were equipped to treat COVID-19 patients per AP.

What they are saying: “Everyone should know the burden this puts on our hospital, the need for vaccination, and how important our bed space is,” Hutchinson said.

  • “This is a caveat for everyone and we need to emphasize the need for vaccination,” he added.

  • Hutchinson said hospitals are working to get more beds, and Arkansas Health Department Chief of Staff Lenny Mallory said on Tuesday and “probably later in the week” a hospital had more beds. He said he was working to open.

In numbers: Arkansas reports a total of 436,242 cases and 6,704 confirmed deaths per person. State Health Department..

  • Citing data from Johns Hopkins University, AP states that the state ranks fifth in the country in terms of new cases per 100,000 people.

  • Only about 45% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated.

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