COVID-19 continues to grip Arkansas, but there’s good news in the continuing drop in the number of people hospitalized.

From a high of more than 1,000, the number at 2 p.m. today dropped to 808, down from 815 yesterday.

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The full report at 2 p.m. today

Current hospitalizations: 808

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Total Beds: 8,878

Total Beds Available: 2,236

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Total ICU Beds: 1,182

Total ICU Beds Available: 85

Total Vents: 1,134

Total Vents Available: 764

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Total Covid patients in ICU: 289

Total Covid patients on vents: 144

Here are the early numbers for the day:

New cases in the last 24 hours: 1,824 to 304,723

New deaths: 41 more to 5,050

Active cases: Up by only 2 to 16,944

The summary will arrive later with the daily gubernatorial comment. Update:

 

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We are continuing to increase our vaccine administration efforts across the state, with over 22,000 reported yesterday. This week, we have seen over 85,000 doses administered, which is an increase of nearly 30%. It’s critical each of us follow department of health guidance this weekend to protect ourselves, our friends, and our families.”