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COVID-19 Update: September 8, 2021

COVID-19 Update: September 8, 2021

Active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have continued a downward trend, both statewide and locally. As of today, Wednesday, September 8, there are 20 COVID-19 patients currently admitted at Baxter Regional, with 4 in ICU and 3 on ventilators. According to the Arkansas Department of Health, there are 117 active COVID-19 cases in Baxter County, which is 100 cases lower than last week. Vaccination numbers have continued to increase, with 40.7% of the population of Baxter County being fully vaccinated, up another 1% from last week.

Additional statistics from Baxter Regional:

  • 90% of 20 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized are not fully vaccinated.
  • 89.3% of 384 COVID-19 patients hospitalized since March 1, 2021, were not vaccinated.
  • 83.9% of 87 COVID-19 deaths since March 1, 2021, were not vaccinated.

Baxter Regional has seen an increased positivity rate of COVID-19 testing in children since the new school year began. The week of August 16, the positivity rate was 11.2%, the week of August 23 it was 19.5%, and the week of August 30 it was up to 27%. The very best way to help this upward trend in those children unable to be vaccinated is to get a COVID-19 vaccine if you are eligible and continue using precautions, remembering the basic 3 Ws: wash your hands, watch your distance and wear your mask.

The Baxter Regional COVID-19 Resource Line is available at (870) 508-7001 as an easy way to access all COVID-19 services using just one phone number. Anyone in the community may call to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 test, vaccine or monoclonal antibodies infusion with provider's order, donate items for our staff, make a monetary donation to Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation or reach the COVID-19 Hotline.

A list of all local vaccine locations and complete details regarding the criteria that must be met to currently receive an additional (booster) dose is available on our website at

For more information and regular local updates on COVID-19, visit