NE Arkansas leads state with hospital beds and ventilators being used by COVID-19 patients

NE Arkansas leads state with hospital beds and ventilators being used by COVID-19 patients
Percentage of occupied hospital beds with COVID-19 patients. (Source: ADH)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) -

FULL BRIEFING 11/20: Gov. Hutchinson, state officials discuss rising COVID issues in Arkansas

Gov. Asa Hutchinson addressed the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state during a 2:30 p.m. news conference Friday, Nov. 20, at the state Capitol.

Arkansas saw another 2,061 new positive COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. Additionally, 24 more people died, and 36 more people were hospitalized for a total of 935.

Northeast Arkansas has the second-highest admission by hospital region, it leads in hospital beds being used by COVID-19 patients, and it leads in ventilators being used by COVID-19 patients.

Dr. Can Patterson, UAMS Chancellor helped to release new guidelines for essential healthcare workers who have been exposed.

Essential healthcare workers can be tested 5-7 days after exposure, and if it’s negative, they can return to work.

The governor announced the briefing Thursday shortly after issuing a directive ordering bars, private clubs, and restaurants that serve alcohol to begin closing at 11 p.m.

On Thursday, the Arkansas Department of Health reported more than 2,200 new cases of COVID-19 in the state with 22 additional deaths.

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