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For Immediate Release 04.16.2021

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 237 new cases; 1,892 active cases; 152 hospitalized, which is down 1 from Thursday; 15 on ventilators, which is down 3 from Thursday; deaths added today, 6, for a total of 5,692; a total of 333,186 cases; PCR tests, 4,218; antigen tests, 639.

The Health Department reported that the top counties for new cases are Pulaski, 31; Benton, 23; and Lonoke, 19.

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

“Vaccination numbers were slightly lower yesterday than previous days this week. We have vaccinated over 900,000 Arkansans with at least one shot. My goal is to have one million shots in arms by next week. Help us meet that goal. The doses are available to meet current demand, so don't wait, and get your vaccine as soon as you can.”

Here are today's COVID-19 statewide numbers:

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