Hutchinson plans statewide address on virus surge


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson plans a series of meetings this month to address the growing number of coronavirus cases in the state.

Hutchinson will hold meetings in Benton, Springdale, and Jonesboro this week, and he also plans a primetime address Thursday night to a statewide audience.

The governor has so far resisted calls to close bars or impose capacity restrictions on restaurants.

According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Arkansas’ rolling average number of daily new virus cases has increased by 21 percent over the past two weeks. One in every 205 people in Arkansas tested positive for the virus in the past week.

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