Coronavirus Coverage from KARK

Situation Critical: Surviving the Surge


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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – It is no secret, Arkansas is in another COVID-19 surge and as cases explode hospitals are filling up.

At least two Little Rock hospitals reported a record number of COVID-19 patients this month. On Tuesday, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) reported 75 patients with COVID-19 complications. Officials at Arkansas Children’s Hospital announced on the same day that their current caseload of COVID-19 patients is the largest number they have been treating since the pandemic started.

The situation turned critical for Arkansas’ healthcare system last winter when more than 1,300 patients were in the hospital. The situation is turning critical again as the Arkansas Department of Health reported Wednesday more than 1,000 COVID-19 patients requiring hospital treatment.

Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., KARK 4 News and FOX 16 News streamed a special presentation: Situation Critical: Surviving the Surge.

Breaking News anchor Mitch McCoy was live with UAMS Chancellor Doctor Cam Patterson, Baptist Health CEO Troy Wells, Arkansas Children’s Chief Clinical Officer Doctor Rick Barr and CHI St. Vincent Chief Medical Officer Doctor Douglas Ross.

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