Arkansas, which leads the country in new COVID-19 infections per capita, reported its biggest daily jump in new cases in five months on Tuesday as it trails on coronavirus vaccinations, The Associated Press reported.
Arkansas’s Department of Health showed 1,476 new cases on Tuesday as the governor has been struggling to get his state’s residents vaccinated.
“Today’s report of 41 new hospitalizations should be of concern to unvaccinated Arkansans. 98.3% of those hospitalized since January were not vaccinated,” Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonDozens of Republican governors call for meeting with Biden on border surge The 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 MORE (R) tweeted.
Today’s report of 41 new hospitalizations should be of concern to unvaccinated Arkansans. 98.3% of those hospitalized since January were not vaccinated. I’ll be in Forrest City this evening for another Community COVID Conversation. pic.twitter.com/I6TmqO9oc9— Gov. Asa Hutchinson (@AsaHutchinson) July 13, 2021
The state only has 35 percent of its residents fully vaccinated, one of the lowest in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Officials have warned that coronavirus variants coming to the U.S. would have a greater impact on those who are not vaccinated.
Along with the jump in cases and hospitalizations, the state had 15 more deaths.
The state recorded more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases three days in a row last week from Wednesday to Friday.
Hutchinson has said that coronavirus vaccination numbers are slightly increasing but more residents need to get the shot.
Overall, the state has recorded more than 358,000 coronavirus cases and almost 6,000 deaths.