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For Immediate Release 02.17.2021

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 667 new cases; 8,239 active cases; 602 hospitalized, which is down 36 from Tuesday; 108 on ventilators, which is down 2 from Tuesday; deaths added today, 26, for a total of 5,313; a total of 314,192 cases; 238,810 recoveries; PCR tests, 1,152; antigen tests, 929.

The Health Department reported that the top counties for new cases are Garland, 100; Benton, 90; Washington, 86; Sebastian, 59; and Pulaski, 47.

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

"We once again saw a decrease in testing yesterday, which was impacted by the weather. We received an additional 18,525 vaccine doses yesterday, and we will continue to administer these doses as quickly as possible. Please continue to take necessary precautions against COVID-19 and limit road travel as much as possible."

Here are today's COVID-19 statewide numbers:

Here are today's COVID-19 vaccine statewide numbers:

CONTACT: Press Shop (press@governor.arkansas.gov)

If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, you can contact the Arkansas Department of Health at 1-800-803-7847 or visit ar.gov/covid.

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