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Arkansas posts record jump in COVID hospitalizations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has seen its biggest one-day jump in people hospitalized with COVID-19, and a state panel has approved setting aside from federal funds to deal with the surge in cases. 

The number of people in the state hospitalized with COVID-19 increased Monday by 184 to 1,817, the highest number since the pandemic began in 2020. 

The Arkansas American Rescue Plan Act Steering Committee approved using $4.7 million in federal funds to open up 20 more hospital beds and seven intensive care unit beds to treat COVID-19 patients at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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