Arkansas Virus Deaths On the Rise

    (AP) — Arkansas on Tuesday reported 38 new deaths from COVID-19.

    The Department of Health said the state’s death toll from COVID-19 now totals 7,108. The state reported 583 new virus cases. The state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by eight to 1,228.

    Arkansas ranks 10th in the country for new cases per capita, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

    The state’s top health official has warned he expects to see a surge in cases following the Labor Day weekend, and Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday said he expected an increase as well.

    “We have fewer cases from the Labor Day weekend, but we’ll see the effects of the holiday weekend later this week and into the next,” Hutchinson tweeted.

    There are 513 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units around the state and 321 on ventilators, according to the Department of Health. There are only 20 ICUs available in the state, though it’s unclear how many of those are equipped for COVID-19 patients.

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