Governor Asa Hutchinson ends Arkansas’ COVID-19 emergency declaration


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) announced Thursday, May 20, 2021, that Arkansas’ COVID-19 emergency declaration will expire in 10 days, May 30, 2021.

The state of emergency was originally declared in March of 2020, Executive Order 20-03, and extended multiple times as the pandemic continued.

Despite ending the order, Hutchinson said it is important for the public to continue to practice COVID-19 safety measures.

“The public health concerns remain, and everyone in Arkansas needs to continue to take the virus seriously and act accordingly,” Hutchinson said. “The fact that I am ending the public health emergency should not diminish anyone’s intensity on the need to get a vaccination or the need to protect from the virus that is still remaining in parts of our communities.”

The governor also announced that the state launched a $6.4 million ad campaign and a $2 million minority-specific ad campaign to encourage people across the state and in various communities to get vaccinated.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, 857,105 Arkansans are fully vaccinated and 239,525 have received at least one dose.

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