COVID-19 hospitalizations hit record high in Arkansas, AP reports

COVID-19 hospitalizations hit record high in Arkansas, AP reports
New cases reported in the state are beginning to slow. (Kale Wilk/The Times via AP) (Kale Wilk)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 hit a record high in Arkansas Monday, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Monday’s 1,371 hospitalizations beat the previous record set Saturday at 1,346.

Governor Asa Hutchinson said the additional hospitalizations add to the workload of health care workers, according to the AP.

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New cases reported in the state are beginning to slow.

Arkansas has reported 256,344 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in early March, according to the AP.

The state has seen over 4,000 deaths from the virus.

The coronavirus causes mild to moderate symptoms that clear up within a few weeks for most people.

According to the AP, other individuals, especially older adults and those with preexisting health problems, can experience severe illness and even death.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.