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Posted on: March 23, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Governor Hutchinson 3/23/21 COVID Press Conference

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Governor Hutchinson 3/23/21 COVID Press Conference 

>Governor Hutchinson began press conference by signing 2 bills: House bill 1343= law enforcement support bill for Arkansas State Police and Senate Bill 107 creating the computer science advancement act (requiring high school students to take a computer science course).  

CDC has distributed 1,466,950 total vaccines to Arkansas with 1,008,575 vaccines administered, which is 68.75% of the total doses given. (includes VA, prisons, additional federal vaccine programs) 

(not including the federal vaccine programs, minus the CVS/Walgreens long-term care program) 316,426 individuals partially immunized and 340,719 individuals fully immunized.  

The goal is to have 1.1 M vaccinated by the end of the month. 

Total cases 328,946 with 2,263 active cases. 

There have been 5,547 Arkansans who have died from COVID-19.  

March testing= 118,786 PCR tests, 46,149 Antigen tests 

Yesterday 3,315 PCR test results were received, and 1,150 antigen tests were received 

New cases- Benton 36, Pulaski 28, Marion 16, Washington 16, Baxter 13, Saline 11, White 11 

The Governor is asking everyone to get vaccinated. When it’s your turn to get a vaccine, please do so. Everyone getting vaccinated will help us get out of this pandemic.  

The State will receive more vaccines next week.  

If you have been on Spring Break and not social distanced, please get a test when you come back. There are growing concerns about virus resurgence from spring break.  

The biggest concern is vaccine reluctance and COVID complacency. People are letting their guard down with the lowering of numbers; please continue to be vigilant and wear your masks, wash your hands, and watch your distance.  

We cannot fully and safely reopen the State until there are enough individuals who have been vaccinated. We need to be at 70% and above vaccinated.  

ALL eligible veterans (aged 18+ enrolled in VA health care) can now get the vaccine. There is no VA age limit effective immediately.  

The vaccines are safe, only have minor side effects, and will NOT alter your DNA or lead to infertility.  

There has not been a school district in the state that has shifted to distance learning due to COVID since the first week of February.  

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