LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — It’s not just the COVID-19 pandemic that has the state’s top doctor worried about hospital capacity in Arkansas, but flu season.
Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero says the state saw a very mild flu season last year due to masking and social distancing. Because the same mandates aren’t in effect this year, he worries hospitals could become overwhelmed caring for patients with both viruses.
“We don’t want to see a confluence of both influenza hospitalizations and COVID hospitalizations at the same time that could stress our available beds at this time.”