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FRIDAY, APRIL 23: Five things to know about covid-19 in Arkansas

by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 23, 2021 at 11:36 a.m.

As our state deals with the spread of covid-19 in the midst of a global outbreak, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette will publish five things you need to know each week. We'll be publishing these roundups in English, Spanish and Marshallese. You can read our full coverage at Coronavirus coverage pertaining to crucial public health information will be available for all readers.

Here are this week’s five important things to know about the coronavirus.

• Arkansas has recorded 334,222 confirmed and probable cases of covid-19 since the pandemic began, according to data available April 23. State health officials have reported 5,711 covid-19 deaths and 326,534 recoveries. Officials also reported that Arkansas has given 1,599,699 doses of the covid-19 vaccine.

• State Epidemiologist Dr. Jennifer Dillaha said April 21 that an increase in cases and the positivity rate could be partly driven by covid-19 variants, including one from the United Kingdom. The variant is the most common one in the United States.

• Gov. Asa Hutchinson on April 20 encouraged college students to get at least one dose of the covid-19 vaccine before summer break.

• Although the number of Arkansans who have had at least one dose of the vaccine surpassed 1 million this week, the state’s pace of vaccinations is still below the national average. Arkansas has enough vaccine supply, but the rate is slowing, Hutchinson said April 20.

• The covid-19 vaccination rollout in Northwest Arkansas will continue without delay despite the national pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, health professionals and clinic organizers said. Clinics focused on administering doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines this week.




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