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State COVID-19 hospitalization numbers hit new record Monday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The number of people hospitalized in Arkansas due to the coronavirus has reached another record.

The Arkansas Department of Health said Monday the state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by 11 to 1,074. The state’s confirmed and probable coronavirus cases rose by 1,950 to 159,309.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the state is using its Trauma Communications Center to coordinate coronavirus cases among hospitals in the state.

The plan was recommended by a task force Hutchinson formed to address a surge in cases and hospitalizations. Hutchinson said the new system will cost about $70,000 a month and should be up and running in about two weeks.

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