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COVID-19 public health emergency in Ark. to end May 30, Gov. Hutchinson announces

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is the 46th governor of the state.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is the 46th governor of the state.(governor.arkansas.gov)
Updated: May. 20, 2021 at 10:36 AM CDT
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KSLA) - Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson held his weekly COVID-19 briefing Thursday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m.

He announced he’s ending the public health emergency in the state on May 30.

[COVID-19: ArkLaTex info hub]

The governor made this announcement as no new hospitalizations or deaths were reported in the state. Vaccination efforts in the state continue, and the governor urged everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated, as COVID-19 is still present in the community.

Gov. Hutchinson said the state has launched a $6.4 million ad campaign to encourage citizens to get vaccinated. An additional $2 million will be spent on an ad campaign targeting minority communities.

The governor also said executive branch state agency employees will be given a $100 bonus as an incentive for getting vaccinated. Employees who have already been vaccinated also qualify for the bonus.

The governor also mentioned that if the COVID-19 situation in the state worsens, he will renew the emergency orders, but that he doesn’t expect a surge if the community does what it needs to do. Additional Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits related to the pandemic are set to expire in late June.

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