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For Immediate Release 03.05.2021

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 Friday update, the Arkansas Department of Health reported 570 new cases; 4,296 active cases; 359 hospitalized, which is down 13 from Thursday; 86 on ventilators, which is up one from Thursday; deaths added today, 10, for a total of 5,283; a total of 324,326 cases; 248,050 recoveries; PCR tests, 6,421; antigen tests, 1,200.

The Health Department reported that the top counties for new cases are Pulaski, 88;  Washington, 55; Sebastian, 44; Benton, 43; Garland, 33.

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

“It is noteworthy when the number of new COVID cases increases, but we have encouraging news as well. The number of hospitalizations continues to fall. Vaccinations are up by 16,955; 51% of Arkansans older than 70 have received the 1st shot, and 29% are fully vaccinated.”

Here are today's COVID-19 statewide numbers:

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

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