The Arkansas Department of Health is due to petition a state committee today for $ 50 million to be split among 11 hospitals to increase bed capacity to meet the dramatic surge in demand from COVID-19.

The proposals would add more than 200 beds for periods of 28 to 45 days at an estimated cost of $ 4,500 to $ 7,500 per day. All imagine using existing staff to handle the beds.

Here are the suggestions.

Each cites the 120 percent increase in hospital admissions over the past four weeks.

The committee that is reviewing federal allocations to the US rescue plan will meet at 2:00 p.m. The meeting will be broadcast on the Arkansas PBS web channel.

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