Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday renewed the state’s public health emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic for an additional 60 days as the state’s count of virus cases grew by 680.
After climbing to a new high on Monday for the sixth time in seven days, the number of people hospitalized in the state with covid-19 fell on Tuesday by three, to 605.
The state’s death toll from the virus, as tracked by the state Department of Health, rose by 25, to 1,611.
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Hutchinson said the extension of his emergency declaration, originally issued March 11, would keep in place measures such as liability protections for businesses, an expansion of telemedicine and “other things that are necessary during the management of this pandemic and for life to go on.”
“We are pleased