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Arkansas coronavirus hospitalizations reach 1,025


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ coronavirus hospitalizations have now surpassed 1,000. The Department of Health on Tuesday reported the state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by 45 to 1,025.

This is the highest hospitalizations in Arkansas have been since January 27, 2021, when they were at 1,029.

The state said 387 of those patients are under intensive care and 205 are on ventilators.

Patients on ventilators are at the highest since January 20, 2021 when 212 patients were recorded on a ventilator.

The latest numbers came out as Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the GOP leaders of the House and Senate prepared to discuss growing calls to allow schools to require face masks.

Hutchinson in April signed a law that prevents state and local government entities, including schools, from requiring masks.

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