Hutchinson extends COVID emergency as deaths spike


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is extending his coronavirus emergency declaration by another two months as the state reported a record one-day spike in deaths and a new high in hospitalizations from COVID-19.

Hutchinson on Tuesday said he was extending the declaration another 60 days. The declaration was set to expire at the end of the month.

Hutchinson has used the declaration to impose several restrictions intended to curb the virus’s growth, including a mask mandate.

The state on Tuesday reported 66 new COVID-19 deaths, its biggest one day increase. The state has had 3,603 COVID deaths since the pandemic began.

Above: Screenshot of Tuesday’s COVID-19 stats from the Arkansas Department of Health. For more information, click here.

Remember: Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing.

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