(AP) — The Arkansas Senate has advanced a measure that would require an exemption process for workers who face a COVID-19 vaccine mandate from their employers. The vote Monday came during a special session that was called to redraw the state’s congressional maps. The measure from Sen. Kim Hammer, a Republican from Benton, says any employer that mandates the vaccine must also offer an exemption process that includes testing or proof of antibodies. If enacted, the requirement would end July 31, 2023, unless it is extended by lawmakers.

A new regional COVID Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Center opened up last week which is working wonders on patients who qualify for the treatment. It is already noticeably easing the strain on our local hospitals. Texarkana, Texas Mayor Bob Bruggeman spoke with Jim & Lisa on Kicker 102-5 this past Tuesday morning about the new center, that interview can be found here.

Bowie County

New Cases: 00
Probable Cases: 00
Total All-Time Cases: 7395
Total Deaths: 294

Fully Vaccinated age 12 - 64: 36%
Fully Vaccinated age 65 and older: 61%

Cass County

New Cases: 0
Probable Cases: 0
Total All-Time Cases: 2583
Total Deaths: 127

Fully Vaccinated age 12 - 64: 35%
County Fully Vaccinated age 65 and older: 55%

State of Texas

Age 12 and over % Fully Vaccinated: 62%
Age 65 and over % Fully Vaccinated: 79%

Miller County

Active Cases: 143
Total All-Time Cases: 6244
Total Deaths: 47

Partially Vaccinated: 4.0%
Fully Vaccinated: 13.8%

Little River County

Active Cases: 55
Total All-Time Cases: 1956
Total Deaths: 47

Partially Vaccinated: 5.4%
Fully Vaccinated: 29.8%

State of Arkansas

Partially Vaccinated ages 12 and up: 11.3%
Fully Vaccinated ages 12 and up: 52.6%

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.

Texas State Data
Arkansas State Data [NEW]

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: (Open the images in a new browser to see them larger)

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