State virus hospitalizations near record level again; no new restrictions announced


More than three dozen coronavirus deaths were reported Tuesday in Arkansas as the pandemic shows no sign of letting up in the state.

At his statewide briefing, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson called the deaths “a motivation to protect others with our own behavior,” but he did not announce any new restrictions aimed to slowing the spread.

Instead, Hutchinson and Health Secretary Dr. Jose Romero repeated calls for people to wear masks, wash hands, and socially distance from those outside their households.

The state also reported nearly 2,300 new virus cases while hospitalizations increased by 28 to 1,081. Thirty-nine deaths were reported.

In education news, 71 percent of the districts in the state have not had to make COVID-related instruction modifications, according to ADE Secretary Johnny Key.

ADH stats as of 2:35 p.m., Dec. 8, 2020

For county data, click here.

JohjWatch the governor’s statewide COVID-19 briefing from Tuesday below:

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