FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Arkansas AD Hunter Yurachek responds to Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s guidances that the statewide mask mandate could end March 31 if Arkansas meets certain statistical criteria.
We are encouraged by the update shared by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson today regarding the progress our state has made related to vaccinations and the declining number of new COVID cases. We will continue to work with the Arkansas Department of Health to determine what adjustments may be made to our existing event plans based on today’s announcement. In an effort to maintain the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans, it will be important that we continue to wear masks and adhere to other health guidelines. We are cautiously optimistic that by working together we will be able welcome more Razorback fans to our sporting events in the weeks to come.Hunter Yurachek, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics
During a public address to the state on Friday, Hutchinson said the mask mandate renewal criteria will be as follows:
- A value below 10% combined PCR and antigen positivity rate (7-day rolling average) with at least 7500 specimens tested on average daily would be actionable
- If testing is below 7500 average specimens daily, then the number of hospitalized patients would serve as the indicator for action. Fewer than 750 patients hospitalized state-wide for COVID-19 would be the trigger.