(AP) — Hospitalizations in Arkansas for COVID-19 have dropped for the third consecutive day, a sign of hope for a state health care system that’s been strained due to a surge in coronavirus cases. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that on Saturday, there were 1,272 Arkansas residents hospitalized with the virus, 52 fewer than Friday, the largest drop this month after hospitalizations surged throughout July and August. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said while virus cases are still high in the state, early use of antibody treatments that can help blunt the worst effects of COVID-19 is helping to reduce hospitalizations. The newspaper reported that on Saturday, 13,753 vaccine doses were given statewide, 2,210 fewer than a week earlier but 2,574 more than Friday.

Free COVID-19 testing Has returned to the Texarkana-Bowie County Family Health Center. Testing hours are from 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Monday through Saturday. Walk-ins are accepted, or individuals can preregister at allamericantesting.com. For more information, call (214) 556-8088.

Bowie County

New Cases: 63
Probable Cases: 59
Total All-Time Cases: 6197
Total Deaths: 244

Fully Vaccinated age 12 - 64: 32%
Fully Vaccinated age 65 and older: 59%

Cass County

New Cases: 13
Probable Cases: 7
Total All-Time Cases: 2027
Total Deaths: 98

Fully Vaccinated age 12 - 64: 31%
County Fully Vaccinated age 65 and older: 53%

State of Texas

Age 12 and over % Fully Vaccinated: 57%
Age 65 and over % Fully Vaccinated: 77%

Miller County

Active Cases: 230
Total All-Time Cases: 5408
Total Deaths: 39

Partially Vaccinated: 4.4%
Fully Vaccinated: 11.4%

Little River County

Active Cases: 118
Total All-Time Cases: 1654
Total Deaths: 44

Partially Vaccinated: 6.7%
Fully Vaccinated: 25.7%

State of Arkansas

Partially Vaccinated ages 12 and up: 13.4%
Fully Vaccinated ages 12 and up: 47.3%

Vaccine Updates

Texarkana Vaccination Hub: Individuals may visit vaccinate.christushealth.org for updated information on vaccines.

Texas Department of State Health Services Vaccination Availability Map...
Click hereFor a quick reference, blue means it's in stock, red means out of stock. More from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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Free COVID-19 testing is available at 902 W. 12th Street in Texarkana, Texas from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To make an appointment visit https://texas.fulgentgenetics.com/ or call 877-862-4647.

Texarkana Area Chart Updates:

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Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.
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