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For Immediate Release 05.06.2021

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 Thursday update, the Arkansas Department of Health reported 188 new cases; 2,151 active cases; 177 hospitalized, which is down 4 from Wednesday; 34 on ventilators, which is down 1 from Wednesday; deaths added today, 3, for a total of 5,757; a total of 336,948 cases; PCR tests, 3,565; antigen tests, 819.

The Health Department reported that the top counties for new cases are Benton, 26; Craighead, 18; and Faulkner, 16.

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

“When the first vaccines were distributed in December, we had over 1,000 hospitalizations and nearly 21,000 active cases. Looking at today's report, we can tell the vaccine is effective. Getting vaccinated protects you, your neighbors, and all those you care about.”

Here are today's COVID-19 statewide numbers:

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