Nov 24, 2021 - COVID
Arkansas governor urges COVID precautions ahead of holidays
Photo illustration of the Freedom from Want image by Norman Rockwell with all the participants of the dinner wearing surgical masks.
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Gov. Asa Hutchinson warned that active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise.

Why it matters: Thanksgiving is this week, kicking off a month or so of holiday gatherings that — combined with a lack of precautions — could result in spread of the virus.

What they're saying: The state has more than 900 more active cases than last week and 69 more hospitalizations than last week, Hutchinson said Tuesday during his news conference.

  • He asked that Arkansans be mindful during their gatherings, including social distancing, getting vaccinated if they haven’t already and getting a booster shot.

By the numbers: More than 1.4 million Arkansans are fully vaccinated, a little over half the population ages 5 and up. More than 319,000 are partially vaccinated.

Related Axios guide: Where to get your kids vaxxed in NW Arkansas

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