Biden offers Covid ‘surge response’ teams to Arkansas as southern state has just eight open ICU beds

‘Vaccinations reduce hospitalizations,’ Arkansas Gov Hutchinson says as the state only has eight free ICU beds

Bevan Hurley
Tuesday 10 August 2021 21:07 BST
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President Joe Biden has offered federal support to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson as Covid-19 cases in the state surge.

The Biden Administration offered “surge response” resources, including increased testing, treatment and vaccination support, as cases of the Delta have skyrocketed in recent weeks.

Gov Hutchinson revealed that the state of 3 million people has only eight intensive care unit beds free on Monday, with 1,376 people in hospital and 286 on ventilators, significant increases on the previous day.

The state also recorded 21 deaths.

“Today’s report shows some very startling numbers. We saw the largest single-day increase in hospitalizations and have eclipsed our previous high of COVID hospitalizations,” Gov Hutchinson wrote on Twitter.

“Vaccinations reduce hospitalizations.”

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