Hutchinson: Caution still required

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, speaking during his weekly news conference Tuesday in Little Rock, gave special emphasis to minorities.

According to Hutchinson, minority groups in the state are “behind in terms of their vaccination as compared to the percent of the population.”

“We want to continue to emphasize the equity of our vaccine distribution and how important it is in every aspect of our communities here in Arkansas,” Hutchinson said.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson

He also urged caution. Even as the number of Arkansans vaccinated against COVID-19 continues to rise and the number of active cases of the novel coronavirus continue to fall, Hutchinson said all indicators point to continued community spread in the state.

“You have to be mindful that COVID-19 is still in our communities,” Hutchinson said, citing a statement from Arkansas Department of Health director Dr. Jose Romero. “And whenever we’re getting people vaccinated, you don’t want to catch COVID-19 when the vaccination is available to you.”

Tuesday’s report from the Arkansas Department of Health indicated that Arkansas has received a total of 1,819,110 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with 1,242,842 doses administered. As of Tuesday, 462,515 Arkansans have been fully immunized against the virus, while another 352,806 have received at least the initial dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Tuesday’s ADH report also indicated that the total number of cases of COVID-19 increased by 868 in the past week, rising to 331,054 statewide, including 259,816 lab-confirmed cases, 1,732 active cases and 5,616 deaths — up from 5,643 last week — and 323,633 reported “recoveries.”

In Carroll County, the number of cases increased by six in the past week, rising to 2,755, a number that includes 2,336 confirmed cases, 12 active cases, 2,699 “recoveries” and 44 deaths.

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