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COVID-19 cases ‘continuing to rise’

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Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 10:43 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2021 at 3:05 PM CST
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - During his weekly COVID-19 briefing, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said cases were continuing to rise in the state of Arkansas.

“Compared with last week, we have over 900 more active cases than the previous week,” he said. “We have 69 more current hospitalizations.”

As of Tuesday, Nov. 23, there were 6,079 total active cases in the state. Seven people have died in the last 24 hours, bringing the total deaths to 8.627.

He said those numbers alone indicate residents should be very cautious during the Thanksgiving holiday to avoid a surge like last winter.

The governor urged everyone to protect themselves by getting vaccinated and the booster shots, and by continuing to social distance when needed.

“Be mindful that COVID-19 is within our communities,” Hutchinson said. “Protect yourself as need be so we don’t have an increase in the spread of COVID during this wonderful time of the year.”

He encouraged those who have had the coronavirus to go ahead and get vaccinated, noting that it will reduce their chance of getting the virus.

Watch the full briefing live here>>>

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