Arkansas passes 500,000 COVID-19 case milestone

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4029tv 07 October, 2021 - 04:02pm 2 views

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The 500,000th case of coronavirus in the state of Arkansas has been reported, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

The state reached the milestone Thursday.

There have been a total of 500,779 confirmed and probable cases of the virus since the pandemic began in spring 2020.

COVID-19 has killed 7,802 people in the state, according to the ADH's numbers.

The number of active cases, however, dropped Thursday by 189, to 7,690.

Arkansas is in the midst of a debate over health regulations.

Lawmakers have passed a bill that would require employers to let workers opt out of getting the COVID-19 vaccine. The governor has said he has reservations about signing it.

Wednesday, a circuit court judge placed a temporary restraining order on Bentonville Schools' mask mandate. Students were able to attend school without masks Thursday.

A little over 46% of Arkansans have been fully vaccinated, one of the lowest rates in the country. Nationally, 56.3% of Americans have been fully vaccinated.

State and local health experts have been urging vaccination. According to the ADH, 87.1% of those who have died from COVID-19 since Feb. 1 have been unvaccinated.

"This wave is receding, but unless we get the nearly 70 million unvaccinated Americans vaccinated, we are at risk for future waves," Dr. Tom Frieden, the former head of the CDC, told CNN Wednesday.

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