UAMS chancellor Cam Patterson appeared on NPR’s “Morning Edition” to talk about the effects of the delta surge on hospitals one day after Arkansas set a record number for people hospitalized in the state with COVID-19.

Patterson told NPR’s Debbie Elliot that the patients being seen for COVID-19 at UAMS are younger. A year ago the average patient was 60 years of age and now the average is 40, Patterson said. He said that about 20% of UAMS patients have been pregnant mothers, and that Arkansas Children’s Hospital barely had more than one or two COVID-19 patients before the surge and now there are 22, and over half of the 22 children were vaccine eligible but none were vaccinated.

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Patterson also talks about the staffing issues at UAMS (nearly 20% of its nursing positions are vacant, he said) and the importance of Arkansans getting vaccinated.  You can listen to the 5-minute conversation here.