Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) on Tuesday revealed that his state has run out of intensive care unit (ICU) beds to treat COVID-19 patients amid a surge in new cases.
Hutchinson said during a press conference that the delta variant has contributed to the rise, noting that many of those hospitalized represent younger age groups and reflect the state’s low vaccination rate. More than 92 percent of coronavirus cases and 90 percent of deaths are occurring among the unvaccinated, he added.
“Everyone should know the strain this puts on our hospitals and the need to get our vaccinations and how critical our bed space is,” Hutchinson said.
“That is a cautionary note for everyone and should emphasize the need to get our vaccinations done,” the governor added.
According to The Associated Press, this is the first time since the beginning of the pandemic that ICU beds have reached capacity in the state.
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SOURCE: The Hill, Cameron Jenkins