Arkansas COVID

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Fayetteville City Board of Health members met to discuss the surge of new COVID-19 cases in northwest Arkansas, ways to protect U of A and public school students returning to classes next month, and being shackled by the Republican-majority state legislature which bans cities and counties from issuing protective COVID measures.

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A surge of new COVID-19 cases in Arkansas is being attributed to a new more infectious virus variant coupled with low vaccination rates — driven in large part by vaccine denialism and fear. COVID-19 testing is also scant, experts say, making accurate new case counts in Arkansas elusive. And complicating matters is the inability by the state executive branch and local jurisdictions to reinstate protective emergency measures, with such decisions now under the authority of the Republican-majority Arkansas legislature.   

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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.

COVID-19 Deaths Decrease Significantly in April

May 11, 2021
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In our monthly conversation with the assistant editors of, we discuss the continued impact of the pandemic on Arkansans. During the month of April, the state averaged four COVID-19 deaths per day for a total of 113 deaths. That represents a 70 percent decrease in deaths from March.

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We’ve checked in with Trish Starks, professor of history at the University of Arkansas, a few times during the pandemic.  We reached out again to ask her about her upcoming session for the U of A Honors College forum about vaccines.

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Demand for vaccinations in Arkansas is slowing, even though the state is not close to the eventual goal for immunizations. Governor Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Jose Romero are again explaining the need for more people to get shots.

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FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, announced April 12th, it is offering financial assistance to families and individuals burdened by funeral expenses incurred for loved ones who’ve died due to COVID-19. Darriel Ezell, investigator and inspector for the Arkansas Insurance Department's Funeral Service Division provides application guidance.


In our monthly conversation with the administrators at, we breakdown some of the trends in Arkansas cases during the month of December. According to analysts, there was a 51 percent increase in virus-related deaths and a 33 percent in cases. Arkansas averaged 38 deaths and 2,186 new cases a day last month.