• Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

Health officials worry about a possible spike in Covid-19 cases related to July 4th weekend


JONESBORO, Ark- Covid-19 cases are continuing to rise.


Some are worried the holiday weekend could potentially make it worse.


Health officials are worried about a possible spike in covid-19 cases related to the holiday weekend.


This comes as Arkansas continues to see a rise in cases.


“I think that uh we very well could see a surge the delta variant in Arkansas as a result of the fourth of July weekend,” says Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, Arkansas Department of Health medical director for immunizations.


Dr. Dillaha and Jonesboro Mayor Harold Copenhaver encouraged residents to celebrate responsibly and get vaccinated.


They are not the only ones sharing their concerns.


Governor Hutchinson spoke last week about a possible increase connected to gatherings from the holiday weekend.


“At the same time, if you are taking part in those activities, you have the responsibility to take care of yourself and don’t add to the spread. We have the delta variant moving through Arkansas and, we have to take that very seriously,” the Arkansas governor said.


Both NEA Baptist Hospital and St. Bernards Medical Center told Northeast Arkansas News that they are seeing a rise in hospitalizations.


However, NEA Baptist’s covid positivity rate is lower compared to the last two months.


The delta variant thirty to fifty times more infectious than other variants and doubles a person’s risk of being hospitalized with the virus.


“People do not realize how dangerous this variant is. And many people have underestimated the ease by which they could transmit the virus if they have it and don’t know it,” Dr. Dillaha said.


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