Miller County to increase vaccine dosage in coming weeks: emergency management director

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TEXARKANA — The Miller County officer of emergency management director believes the county will receive more vaccinations in the coming weeks.

Joe Bennett, the director of the county’s emergency management, said there are sectors of southwest Arkansas that have to get up to speed, as only three to four percent of the Miller County population has been vaccinated, according to Arkansas Department of Health estimates. The state of Arkansas is No. 10 in the country when it comes to vaccinations.

“We have to get the wheels of education, industry and food preparation rolling faster to meet demands and this can be accomplished by vaccinating our teachers, child care and food industry workers so they can get back to normal production all over southwestern Arkansas,” Bennett said. “I expect Miller County to significantly increase its volume of vaccinations within the coming weeks.”

Since Jan. 1, there have been more than 330 new COVID-19 cases in the county with three additional deaths.

“It’s apparent that some people who become symptomatic after exposure to COVID-19 elect not to get a test, rather they stay home sick or in some cases with mild symptoms, continue to get out into public,” Bennett said.” “Those people need to be tested to know for sure. It solves the questions of whether they are infecting others and allows for a more accurate account of cases within Miller County.”