Health official seeks to boost hospital space

With Arkansas’ covid-19 cases continuing to soar, the state’s top public health official said Wednesday that he will seek money from the state’s allocation of coronavirus relief funds to expand hospital capacity.

“I am sorry to sound like the doomsday guy, but this is a very serious situation, and I am particularly worried,” Health Secretary Jose Romero told the state’s American Rescue Plan steering committee.

He said the request will include funding for hospital beds and staffing, and will be submitted “when we have detailed plans for funding requirements.”

Romero made the comments as the number of coronavirus patients in

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