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Special session called amid growing COVID cases

Daily vaccination rates in Arkansas as of 8/3/21
Daily vaccination rates in Arkansas as of 8/3/21
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 10:34 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2021 at 3:01 PM CDT
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Health Secretary Dr. Jose R. Romero provided an update on COVID-19 in Arkansas.

On Monday, the state set a new record for hospitalizations with 81 people admitted in a single day.

In the past 24 hours, the state recorded an additional 2,343 new cases with 30,756 vaccines administered.

Of the 75 counties in Arkansas, 14 have reached a 50% vaccination rate.

Gov. Hutchinson announces the Arkansas General Assembly affirmed the public health emergency announced by the governor last week.

The Arkansas General Assembly is called to order at 10 a.m. Wednesday to amend Act 1002 to allow school districts the option to have a mask mandate.

The governor also asks General Assembly members to affirm the Workforce Services director’s decision to terminate Arkansas’s participation in federal unemployment benefits and relief programs due to COVID-19.

Dr. Jose R. Romero says that 19% of all active cases in Arkansas are in children under 18; as of Aug. 1, children under 12-years-old accounted for more than half of those cases.

Watch the full briefing live on-air or online here>>>

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