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State Legislature Controls Fate of Emergency Pandemic Masking

J. Froelich

A month after Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson in late March lifted his emergency pandemic mask mandate, the Arkansas legislature enacted a law banning such executive emergency orders. As new COVID-19 cases, new variants, new hospitalizations and deaths in Arkansas persist, several northwest Arkansas city leaders express concern. We also query Dr. Joe Thompson, president and CEO of Arkansas Center for Health Improvement for advice on masking during this phase of the pandemic in Arkansas.

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative reporter and news producer for Ozarks at Large.
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