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Current COVID-19 Update: August 6

Current COVID-19 Update: August 6

Baxter Regional Medical Center continues to see a high COVID-19 patient census. As of today, Friday, August 6, there are 40 COVID-19 patients currently admitted at Baxter Regional, with 10 in ICU and 7 on a ventilator. There are also 38 Baxter Regional employees out with COVID-19, at home and in isolation. According to the Arkansas Department of Health, there are 400 active COVID-19 cases in Baxter County, and 34.7% of the population of Baxter County is fully vaccinated.

Additional statistics from Baxter Regional:
• 90% of 40 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized are not vaccinated.
• 89.5% of 267 COVID-19 patients hospitalized since March 1, 2021, were not vaccinated.
• 83.3% of 42 COVID-19 deaths since March 1, 2021, were not vaccinated.

The amazing community we are privileged to serve in has been pouring out their support to our patients and staff, through donations of snacks, dinners and care packages. They have also been praying for our hospital, staff, volunteers and patients. Groups will begin meeting outside Baxter Regional next week to pray over our facility and will continue to do so through the end of the year. This support is invaluable, and we can't thank them enough for these efforts.

As we go into the weekend, we urge those in our community to please continue using precautions in large groups of people, wash your hands often, wear a mask indoors and get vaccinated. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. If you are eligible, please consider a COVID-19 vaccine.

Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccines are available at no cost and by appointment only for those aged 12 and older at Baxter Regional Internal Medicine & Infectious Disease Clinic. To request a vaccine appointment, call (870) 508-7450, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. or Friday, 8 a.m. - noon. A list of all local vaccine locations is available at

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