The critical hospitalization number continues to rise.

It’s at 681 today, up from 669 yesterday, with 240 in ICU and 118 on ventilators (compared with 248 and 119, respectively, yesterday.)

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The other key numbers:

New cases in the last 24 hours: 1,342

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Deaths: 11, to a total of 5,992

Active cases: 9,750, 671 more than yesterday.

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There was a positive note on vaccinations: 11,005 additional doses were administered according to the daily update. That’s the best in a long while.

Yes, watch this message from Washington Regional Medical Center, with a message about the rise in younger, healthier people winding up on ventilators.

Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas is now requiring vaccinations for all its staff.

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