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Posted on: January 26, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Governor Hutchinson COVID 1/26/2021 Press Conference

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Governor Hutchinson 1/26/21 COVID Press Conference 

Unemployment rate has dropped from 6.3 in November to 4.2% in December. In March it was 5%, then all the way up to 10.8%.  

We are making progress in vaccine distribution. According to the NY Times, of the 50% Arkansas is ranked #10 in terms of people vaccinated.  

Last week when we received our supply, 92% of the vaccine supplied was into the arms of Arkansans within 48 hours. We are somewhat throttled by the supply. Working on increasing the supply.  

Up 2,485 total cases in the last 24 hours 

Received the results of 5,530 PCR tests and 4,959 antigen tests 

An increase of 40 deaths to 4,690 Arkansans who have died from COVID-19 

Top counties: Pulaski 383, Benton 224, Washington 199, Sebastian 193, Garland 127 

Up 11 to 1,095 hospitalized 

Received 459,575 doses to date, given 235,120 doses to date  

Currently in phase 1-B for Arkansans aged 70 or older, education workers including K-12, childcare, higher education 

We are quite a bit lower with the federal program through CVS/Walgreens.  

Vaccines are 94% or 95% effective against COVID. Those small percent who did contract COVID with the vaccine did not have severe disease. 

No steps were skipped with the development and safety testing of the vaccine. 

>Even if you are vaccinated, continue to wear your mask and social distance. 

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