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story.lead_photo.caption Governor Asa Hutchinson speaks Tuesday Nov. 17, 2020 in Little Rock during his weekly covid-19 press conference at the state Capitol. More photos at arkansasonline.com/1118governor/. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Staton Breidenthal) ( Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Staton Breidenthal)

Arkansas is lowering the age eligibility for covid-19 vaccination from 70 to 65, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday.

An additional 115,000 Arkansans are now eligible to receive the vaccine, according to a slide presented by the governor during his weekly covid-19 briefing.

The expansion of the Phase 1-B vaccination group is effective Feb. 23, the slide states.

Lowering the age eligibility will keep demand active as the state makes progress in vaccinating the 70-plus age group, the governor said.

Visit arkansasonline.com/vaccineinfo for more information about vaccination locations and the number of vaccines distributed in the state.

– David Wilson

EARLIER:

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and state health officials will provide an update on Arkansas' covid-19 response at 1:30 p.m.

The total number of coronavirus cases reported in Arkansas remained at 315,759 Tuesday morning, according to a state website. The death toll remained at 5,363.

Check back to watch the live video.

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