Arkansas reported on Tuesday 1,103 people are currently hospitalized for Covid-19, the highest number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said during a news briefing.
Hutchinson announced the state is partnering with Baptist Health Systems to add 124 additional hospital beds in Little Rock and Van Buren to accommodate Covid-19 patients.
The governor explained that while the state's health care system has been able to manage the current caseload, "we don't know what the rest of December is going to be like."
"We don't know what January is going to be like because we don't know what Christmas is going to be like... If we're not successful, then we're going to see another spike after Christmas and we have to be prepared for it," Hutchinson said.
Note: These numbers were released by the Arkansas Department of Health and may not line up exactly in real-time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.