Arkansas is reporting its highest one-day coronavirus case spike in the last four months in a state that has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.
The state had 686 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the highest number since it reported 726 cases in February, The Associated Press reported. Hospitalizations increased to 325 as the total number of deaths went up to 5,909 from the virus.
Arkansas has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, according to the AP, as the world deals with yet another variant of the virus.
“The high number of cases today makes it clear that the Delta Variant is increasing the spread of the virus,” Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Biden's .5 trillion plan will likely have to shrink Sunday shows - Manchin says he won't vote for .5 trillion bill GOP governor: Biden's vaccine mandate 'increases the division' MORE (R) tweeted on Wednesday.
The high number of cases today makes it clear that the Delta Variant is increasing the spread of the virus. The good news is that vaccinations increased to over 10,000. Let’s keep making progress. pic.twitter.com/M7UqHxxm6b— Gov. Asa Hutchinson (@AsaHutchinson) June 30, 2021
The governor also urged residents to get vaccinated as the state faces a spike in cases.
“The overwhelming majority of COVID patients in the hospital have not been vaccinated. These vaccines are effective, but we need more Arkansans to get the shot,” Hutchinson tweeted last week.
The delta variant has been a cause of concern as it becomes the dominant strain around the world.
Forty-two percent of Arkansas's population has gotten at least one dose of the vaccine and only 34 perfect have been fully vaccinated, nearly half the percentage of all American adults who have gotten at least one shot.