Governor Asa Hutchinson

Yesterday, Governor Asa Hutchinson held his weekly coronavirus response briefing ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The briefing follows more high numbers of new COVID-19 cases, deaths and record hospitalizations. Hutchinson said the increased volume of cases has been challenging for contact tracers and the average timeframe from collection of the specimen until it reaches the Arkansas Department of Health system is about 37 hours. Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero made a familiar plea urging Arkansans to shift away from many holiday norms for the sake of their communities.

Arkansas heads into the weekend with another day of more than 2,000 new cases of COVID-19. The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 2,061 new confirmed and probable cases of the virus, along with 24 additional deaths. Hospitalizations also reached a new high of 935. At a briefing in Little Rock today, Dr. Cam Patterson, the chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and member of the governor's Winter COVID-19 Task Force, discussed new guidelines for healthcare workers who are exposed to or infected with the coronavirus. Arkansas Secretary of Health Dr.

Both Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero issued grim warnings at Tuesday's weekly coronavirus response briefing. Hutchinson addressed the White House COVID-19 Task Force report for the state and said if Arkansas continues at the pace established over the first few days of this week, there will be an additional 1,000 deaths from the virus before Christmas. Meanwhile, Romero warned the state is on the precipice of a significant and possibly uncontrollable rise in cases.

In his weekly briefing Tuesday, Governor Asa Hutchinson outlined a strategy for slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the state this winter following record-high daily new cases and hospitalizations throughout October. He called it a layered approach that includes familiar directives like social distancing and wearing masks. Hutchinson also pointed out COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death in the state after cancer and heart attacks. More than 2,000 Arkansans have died from coronavirus complications since March. Arkansas Secretary of Health Dr.

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This morning, Governor Asa Hutchinson was interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition as the Republican National Convention gets underway this week. He discussed his continued support for President Donald Trump and what he believes the president needs to deliver during the convention. Steve Inskeep's full interview with Hutchinson is included below.

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Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Arkansas paid tribute to members of the military who died in the line of duty. On Monday, Governor Asa Hutchinson spoke at a Memorial Day service at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. The ceremony was not open to the public and was instead streamed online. 

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Just after he led a session of a University of Arkansas Honors College forum Friday morning, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson spoke with Ozarks at Large about that experience and about the past few months of governing during a world-altering pandemic.

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Following two mass shootings this weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced he'd like legislators to work on hate crime legislation. Arkansas is one of four states without a hate crime law. Hutchinson also said he's open to a discussion of red flag laws that have been passed in multiple states in recent years.

In the wake of two mass shooting within hours of each other this weekend, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced he wants some form of hate crime law passed in Arkansas, which doesn't have any.  We talk to a co-sponsor of a previous bill that did not gain approval from the legislature.

In today's news roundup, Governor Asa Hutchinson announces the latest step in his effort to transform state government, Sebastian County copes with flooding and the Arkansas Razorback baseball team advances in the SEC Tournament.