Arkansas reported more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases on the third straight day on Friday.
The state reported 1,155 new coronavirus cases on Friday, according to data from Arkansas Department of Health.
During our first Community COVID interview last night, my team and I were able to get feedback on what is needed to help vaccinate more arcanists and how we can continue to fight misinformation. Our number of vaccines is rising a bit and I hope you will do your part. pic.twitter.com/UwxSFSbjyv
– Gov. Asa Hutchinson (@AsaHutchinson) July 9, 2021
The number is greater than the 1,000 new infections reported Wednesday but less than 1,210 new cases reported Thursday.
The state has seen an increase in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, partly due to the increase in the delta strain of coronavirus first discovered in India and a delayed vaccination rate.
Late last month, the Arkansas government, Asa Hutchinson (R), begged residents to be vaccinated in the midst of the wave.
“The vast majority of COVID patients in the hospital have not been vaccinated. These vaccines are effective, but we need more archers to get the shot, ”he said said at the time.
Just under 35 percent of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to Associated Press, Hutchinson has started at a number of town halls aiming to increase vaccinations.
As of Friday, Arkansas has reported 355,460 coronavirus infections since the pandemic began. The state reported four new deaths Friday, bringing the cumulative number to 5,948.
The CDC said Earlier this week that the delta variant now accounts for the majority of new coronavirus cases across the country.
The variant is attributed to an increase in coronavirus infections across several states.
Missouri, for example, sees its own increase in cases due in part to variation. Friday the condition also registered more than 1,000 new coronavirus infections for the third day in a row.