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For Immediate Release 11.18.2020

Governor Hutchinson Provides Today’s COVID-19 Update

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson provided today's update on Arkansas's COVID-19 response.

In its Wednesday update, the Arkansas Department of Health reported 1,715 new cases; 16,577 active cases; 901 hospitalized, which is up 6 from Tuesday; 143 on ventilators, which is up 6 from Tuesday; deaths added today, 30, for a total of 2,275; a total of 137,617 cases; 107,772 recoveries; PCR tests, 9,924; antigen tests, 2,467.

The Health Department reported that the top counties for new cases are Pulaski, 176; Washington, 147; White, 105; Benton, 84; and Craighead, 78.

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

“Our hospitalizations again reached an all-time high today. This puts a strain on our medical teams and it’s never been more important for all of us to do our part and be part of the solution. Thanks to everyone for making common sense and necessary adjustments for Thanksgiving.”

Here are today's COVID-19 statewide numbers:

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