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Posted on: February 23, 2021

Governor Hutchinson 2/23/21 COVID Press Conference

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Governor Hutchinson 2/23/21 COVID Press Conference 

>Our nation has passed 500,000 deaths of COVID.  

Vaccination group 1B is expanding effective February 23. Arkansans aged 65or older. An additional 115,000 Arkansas is now eligible to be vaccinated. Vaccines are available through many community pharmacies/clinics located in every county. You must call ahead and make an appointment or share your contact information at one pharmacy or clinic convenient to you.  

State program= doses received 794,230 with 500,914 given (61.3%) Total of 855,230 doses received or allocated.  

Federal program= 61,000 doses allocated with 33,565 doses given (55.0%).  

Total 855,230 doses received with 535,479 doses given. 

Goal to get through 1B by the end of March.  

We will increase nationwide doses by 1,000,000 in addition to our current allocation. We will get another 4,000 doses next week in the national vaccination programs.  

Johnson & Johnson vaccine might be available next week.  

Case report= 834 new cases with 4,807 total active cases. 

> 5,377 total Arkansan deaths with 545 Arkansans hospitalized.  

Top counties: Benton 165, Pulaski 101, Washington 59, Garland 39, Faulkner 33, Lonoke 33 

Testing 2,496 PCR tests, 2,101 antigen test results were received yesterday.  

So far this month= 145,257 PCR test and 59,594 antigen tests.  

Large reduction in active cases 

Those in long-term care facilities that did not take advantage of the first round of vaccines can still get the vaccine if wanted.  

WEAR your mask, WASH your hands, and WATCH your distance. The mask is an effective way of preventing transmission 

Ark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and partners launched Vaccinate the Natural State initiative to encourage all Arkansans to get their vaccinations as soon as it is available to them.  

A number of schools are continuing remote learning because of damage from winter weather. 

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