Arkansas Hospitals, Healthcare Workers Cope With Record COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Jan 14, 2021

Lines of cars with people being tested for COVID-19 stream through a garage at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences on July 13, 2020.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

As Arkansas continues to see record numbers of patients hospitalized with COVID-19, the state's healthcare system is feeling the strain. 

An additional eight Arkansans were hospitalized with COVID-19 Wednesday, for a near-record total of 1,362. That also includes 255 total patients who are on a ventilator, an increase of four on Wednesday. 

Reporter Dave Ramsey with the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network has been tracking the state's hospital bed capacity since the most recent surge in COVID-19 cases began in late summer. He spoke with KUAR News about the steps hospitals have taken in response to the rising caseload, like increasing patient-nurse ratios, expanding bed space and transferring patients to other facilities. 

You can find more reporting on hospital capacity in the state on the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network website