Coronavirus in Arkansas: 3,209 new cases, 40 additional deaths

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Governor Asa Hutchinson announced 3,209 new cases of COVID-19 and 40 additional deaths in Arkansas during his weekly virus update on Tuesday in Little Rock.

The top counties reporting new cases on Tuesday include:

  1. Pulaski: 405
  2. Sebastian: 401
  3. Benton: 377
  4. Washington: 268
  5. Garland: 177

The net number of patients hospitalized with the virus in Arkansas decreased by 17 down to 1,354, Hutchinson said, including 251 patients on ventilators (-17).

There are now 25,702 cases currently considered active by the Arkansas Department of Health.

The 41 additional deaths reported Tuesday raise the state’s death toll to 4,121.

Hutchinson said the state Capitol will be protected if any protests occur like what we saw in D.C.

He addressed the topic after reports that states could see protests during Inauguration Day next week. He said they will be prepared for anything.

Security is in place for the start of the legislative session which kicked off smoothly yesterday.

You can watch the full press conference from Tuesday, January 12 below:

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