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Governor Hutchinson extends public health emergency

Governor Hutchinson announced Friday (Feb. 26) morning that he is extending the public health emergency until March 31.

ARKANSAS, USA — Governor Hutchinson announced Friday (Feb. 26) morning that he is extending the public health emergency until March 31.

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) reported 726 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.

According to the ADH, over 578,000 COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered across the state since Dec. 14, 2020. 

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New cases reported (318,122 total since the start of the pandemic):

  • Thursday: 726
  • Wednesday: 803
  • Tuesday: 834
  • Monday: 245
  • Sunday 284  

New deaths reported (5,397 total since the start of the pandemic):

  • Thursday: 10
  • Wednesday: 10
  • Tuesday: 14
  • Monday: 6
  • Sunday 9

The ADH said it received 9,730 PCR and antigen test results from across the state on Wednesday. Of those tests, the state health department says 7% were positive.

  • Wednesday: 7%
  • Tuesday: 11%
  • Monday: 18%
  • Sunday: 10%
  • Saturday 9%

COVID-19 hospitalizations are up by 26 to 522 on Thursday after reaching a record high of 1,371 on Jan. 11, 2021.

Governor Hutchinson released the following statement on today’s COVID-19 numbers:

"We continue to vaccinate Arkansans at a high level. I want to give credit to our staff at the Department of Health, Col. Ator and all our provider partners for their tireless efforts to ensure we can get vaccines into the arms of Arkansans. If Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine is approved, it will provide another tool in our arsenal in the fight against COVID-19."

You can watch this week's COVID-19 update from Governor Asa Hutchinson below: