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Current COVID-19 Update: August 13

Current COVID-19 Update: August 13

There are 32 COVID-19 patients currently admitted at Baxter Regional as of Friday, August 13, with 9 in ICU and 6 on a ventilator. Baxter Regional has 36 employees out with COVID-19, at home and in isolation. According to the Arkansas Department of Health, there are 410 active COVID-19 cases in Baxter County. These hospitalizations and active cases are a slight improvement from earlier this week, and vaccination numbers continue to climb, with 36.3% of the population of Baxter County being fully vaccinated.

Additional statistics from Baxter Regional:
• 90.6% of 32 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized are not vaccinated.
• 88.2% of 296 COVID-19 patients hospitalized since March 1, 2021, were not vaccinated.
• 83% of 53 COVID-19 deaths since March 1, 2021, were not vaccinated.

Baxter Regional has a new COVID-19 Resource Line available. By calling (870) 508-7001, anyone can schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 test, vaccine, monoclonal antibodies infusion with provider's order or to reach the COVID-19 Hotline. This resource line is an easy way to access all our COVID-19 services using just one phone number.

With local schools starting next week, we encourage those of all ages to use precautions, remembering the basic 3 Ws: wash your hands, watch your distance and wear your mask. It's important to remember that those with COVID-19 may be contagious two days before symptoms are present, so please use these precautions at all times!

We have received so much support from the community through donations of items and prayer for our hospital, staff, volunteers and patients. Another way people can support the hospital is by getting a COVID-19 vaccine and taking precautions. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. If you are eligible, please consider a COVID-19 vaccine. To request a vaccine appointment, call the COVID-19 Resource Line at (870) 508-7001. A list of other local vaccine locations is available on our website at

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