Arkansas governor urges COVID-19 vaccines as cases rise

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FILE – In this March 23, 2020 file photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, right, speaks during a news conference in Little Rock, Ark. Gov. Hutchinson on Thursday, March 25, 2021 signed a law banning transgender women and girls from competing in school sports teams consistent with their gender identity. (Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Amid increases in new COVID-19 cases in Arkansas, the governor says that the overwhelming majority of those hospitalized with the virus have not been vaccinated.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday on Twitter that more Arkansans need to get the shot. The Arkansas Health Department on Friday reported 302 new confirmed and probable cases of the coronavirus and three additional deaths.

According to researchers from Johns Hopkins University, over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases in Arkansas has increased by 97.1, an increase of about 51%. They say the state rates fifth in the country for new cases per capita.

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