Arkansas virus cases, hospitalizations continue to decrease


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he’s still considering removing Arkansas’ mask mandate at the end of March even as many residents turn down a coronavirus vaccine.

Speaking Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” the Republican governor said the vaccine skepticism in the state is “troubling.”

As of Sunday, nearly 300,000 people in Arkansas had been fully vaccinated, or about 10 percent of the state’s population. The state reported 130 new cases of the virus and 19 more deaths Sunday, while hospitalizations continue to decline.

To watch Gov. Hutchinson’s Sunday appearance on “Face the Nation,” click here.

For county data, click here.

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