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For Immediate Release 12.31.2020

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 Thursday update, the Arkansas Department of Health reported 2,708 new cases; 22,189 active cases; 1,195 hospitalized, which is up 21 from Wednesday; 209 on ventilators, which is up 4 from Wednesday; deaths added today, 39, for a total of 3,676; a total of 225,138 cases; 167,893 recoveries; PCR tests, 13,666; antigen tests, 3,163.

The Health Department reported that the top counties for new cases are Pulaski, 375; Washington, 310; Benton, 253; Craighead, 116; and Sebastian, 109.

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

"I spent the last day of 2020 working with our health department team on vaccine distribution. And while the new cases are way too high, the 2,708 new cases today are more than 400 fewer than the same day last week. We are also working with our incredible hospitals on the best way to cover the increase in hospitalizations. Be safe this New Year's Eve."

Here are today's COVID-19 statewide numbers:

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