LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Governor Asa Hutchinson announced 834 new cases and 14 additional deaths due to COVID-19 in Arkansas during his weekly press conference on Tuesday, February 23.
The statewide death toll due to the virus is now 5,377.
There are currently 545 (-43) patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Arkansas, including 99 (-10) individuals on ventilators.
The state’s active case count has fallen to 4,807 (-92).
As of Tuesday, the state had given 534,479 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, out of 855,230 total doses received or allocated.
Several people have been told by pharmacies across Northwest Arkansas that they have not received any vaccinations.
Hutchinson said Walgreens and CVS targeted long-term care facilities as the first priority of vaccine distribution.
That goal has been fulfilled, and the state of Arkansas have been working to get the excess supply to the local Walgreens and CVS pharmacies.
“That’s really dependent upon them to get it in their local Walgreens or CVS facility, and until they get those out, there’s not going to be an increased supply there,” he said.
Arkansas was able to reclaim 30,000 vaccines from the long-term facility vaccination program and expects to have more in the coming weeks.
Several schools in NWA had staff arrive on campus after last week’s winter storms to find damages to buildings and pipes.
The Arkansas Sec. of Education Johnny Key said the state is ready to help school districts cover the losses suffered from the storms.
“We can provide the remedies and repairs and the mitigation of any of the impacts it had on the classroom spaces,” Key said.
Key said the goal is to get the facilities up and running as soon as possible so students can return to campus.
You can watch the full press conference from Tuesday, February 23 below: