Arkansas marks 1 year since first virus case in state

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is marking one year since the state reported its first coronavirus case.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday commemorated the anniversary at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where the state’s first COVID-19 patient was reported a year ago. That patient was among the people at the hospital for the anniversary event.

The anniversary was marked as the state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations continued falling to their lowest number since early July.

A House panel on Thursday also advanced a bill that would expand the Legislature’s power to end a disaster declared because of a public health emergency.

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