High schools and colleges around the state are switching from in-person classes to virtual learning as a result of an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases that are resulting from the Omicron variant.

On Tuesday, Steven Bloomberg, president of Southeast Arkansas College told Deltaplex News what his school is doing.

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The Associated Press reported that Arkansas has seen a rise in cases and hospitalizations fueled by the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus. The state on Tuesday announced 7,756 new COVID-19 cases, although the actual number is likely higher because of those testing at home or who are infected and haven’t been tested.

The state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations increased by 80 to 1,148, while deaths increased by 25 to 9,358 total since the pandemic began.

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Around Southeast Arkansas, school districts that have chosen to adopt AMI (alternate methods of instruction). CLICK HERE for a full list of Deltaplex area schools utilizing AMI days.