Arkansas reports highest one-day COVID-19 case spike in 4 months
Arkansas is reporting its highest one-day coronavirus case spike in the last four months in a state that has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.
The state had 686 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the highest number since it reported 726 cases in February, The Associated Press reported. Hospitalizations increased to 325 as the total number of deaths went up to 5,909 from the virus.
Arkansas has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, according to AP, as the world deals with yet another variant of the virus.
“The high number of cases today makes it clear that the Delta Variant is increasing the spread of the virus,” Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) tweeted on Wednesday.
The high number of cases today makes it clear that the Delta Variant is increasing the spread of the virus. The good news is that vaccinations increased to over 10,000. Let’s keep making progress.
The governor also urged residents to get vaccinated as the state faces a spike in cases.
“The overwhelming majority of COVID patients in the hospital have not been vaccinated. These vaccines are effective, but we need more Arkansans to get the shot,” Hutchinson tweeted last week.
The Delta variant has been a cause of concern as it leads to an increase in cases around the world.
Forty-two percent of Arkansas' population has gotten at least one dose of the vaccine with only 34 perfect having been fully vaccinated, nearly have the percentage of all American adults who have gotten at least one shot.