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"Arkansas Week: COVID-19 Surge"


In Arkansas and beyond, the new year medical experts feared has begun with a continuing surge of COVID-19 infections, most of the omicron variant. With consecutive days of record-setting new cases, what does the spike mean for our healthcare system, schools and more?

Find out with Arkansas Hospital Association Executive Director Bo Ryall, Vice President of St. Bernards Medical Center Dr. Kasey Holder and Arkansas Department of Education Deputy Commissioner for Elementary and Secondary Schooling Dr. Ivy Pfeffer on “Arkansas Week”.

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About “Arkansas Week”
“Arkansas Week” highlights a dedicated, distinguished group of Arkansas journalists and political scientists who discuss issues in the news. “Arkansas Week” is hosted by Steve Barnes. Barnes has been on the air in the Natural State since 1968 when he started as a copy boy on weekends at KTHV-TV Channel 11 in Little Rock. His adept hand at leading journalists and others in a discussion of current events complements his encyclopedic knowledge of the state, its players and its past. Barnes has not only become one of the most recognizable and respected people within Arkansas, but has connected with a national audience through work published in the New York Times, fed to the Reuters news service and shown on networks ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and PBS. He has been a recipient of the University of Arkansas’ journalist of the year award, as well as receiving first prize for television documentary awarded by the Society of Professional Journalists. Learn more at​​.

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About Arkansas PBS:
Arkansas PBS, Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. Arkansas PBS delivers daily, essential, local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through multiple digital platforms, including livestreaming at, on-demand services and YouTube TV, and the distinct channels Arkansas PBS, Arkansas PBS Create, Arkansas PBS KIDS, Arkansas PBS WORLD and Arkansas PBS AIRS on SAP. Members with Arkansas PBS Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. Arkansas PBS depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at Arkansas PBS is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), KETZ (El Dorado) and KETS (Lee Mountain).

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