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COVID-19 Cases in Arkansas Begin to Surge Towards Summer, Vaccine Rates Languish

Electron microscopic image of a negatively stained particle of SARS-CoV-2, causative agent of COVID-19. Note the prominent spikes from which the coronavirus gets its name for “corona”, or “crown-like”.

With COVID-19 variants increasingly circulating in Arkansas as we head into summer, data show that new case, hospitalization, and death rates are again rising after a mid-April lull. Protective vaccination and booster rates however remain flat. Dr. Joe Thompson, CEO of Arkansas Center for Health Improvement frames the situation.

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative journalist and has been a news producer for KUAF National Public Radio since 1998. She covers politics, the environment, energy, business, education, history, race and culture. Her radio segments have been nationally syndicated. She is also a station-based national correspondent for NPR in Washington DC., and recipient of eight national and state broadcast awards.
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